Nearly 50 sites run by Scottish Water including sewage and wastewater treatment are “poor”, “very poor” or “at risk”, according to Scotland’s environmental watchdog.
At least 25 beaches across Scotland have been contaminated with sewage in breach of safety limits in June and July.
Influential bankers, retired senior civil servants, well-connected industry insiders, powerful chief executives and former politicians - meet Scotland’s quango class.
The chief executives of quangos appointed by Scottish Government ministers were paid over £10m in total last year
Sewage spilled directly into Scotland’s rivers, lochs and seas at least 12,000 times in one year.
Scottish Water discharged sewage on over 500 occasions in one year into a Lothian river where people swim and fish.
As many as 30 beaches across Scotland have been polluted in breach of sewage safety limits so far this summer, according to official monitoring.
The names of 57 sites across Scotland guilty of breaking environmental rules have been kept secret at the behest of the UK government to protect “national security”.
Donald Trump’s golf course in Ayrshire has been officially damned as “poor” for breaking environmental rules - along with Gordonstoun school and Gleneagles Hotel.