Scotland is “way behind” England in solving problems with sewage spills into rivers, according to Scottish Government officials.
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.
More than 300 industrial sites across Scotland - including a host of well-known names - have been named and shamed.