The Thames is often hailed as an international success story. Engineering works solved 19th-century sewage problems, improving Londoners’ health. Salmon, otters, and birdlife are now reported to be flourishing along the Thames and the waterfront has been reinvigorated with new buildings. On the other hand, Thames Water PLC has been heavily fined for environmental offenses that compromised human health, contaminated land, and affected ecosystems. Levels of chemicals in river water are high.

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Will the Thames Tideway tunnel solve flooding and pollution?