A British gold medal Olympic rower reportedly has stopped training on the Thames River, Britain’s most famous water, and the reason may surprise you. The river has too much raw sewage in it.
The rower, Andy Triggs Hodge, gave up on the Thames after a sewage overflow for which the local water utility has apologized.
Even without the overflow, however, the Thames is pretty much a stink hole during the summer, according to this Bloomberg article. At least 30 million tons of excrement and waste spill into the Thames every year.
“The effects on our health became a major concern,” Triggs Hodge told Bloomberg, explaining why he relocated to Reading, England.