Surfers Against Sewage is a UK based, not-for-profit organisation, campaigning for clean, safe recreational waters and was set up in 1990 to campaign on UK water quality issues that were affecting all recreational water users from surfers to sailors, beach goers to kayakers. The biggest threat at the time was raw, untreated sewage, which was literally being ‘pumped and dumped’ around the coastline. Raw sewage poses a serious health risk to water users, playing host to a vast number of harmful pathogens including E-coli, Hepatitis A and Salmonella.
Using a solution based argument of viable and sustainable alternatives, SAS have highlighted the inherent flaws in current practises, attitudes and legislation, challenging industry, legislators and politicians to end their 'pump and dump philosophy. In turn SAS has been instrumental in pushing water companies to invest £12 billion into new sewerage systems in the UK. SAS has also played a major role in strengthening European legislation relating to sewage and water quality in the UK