February 12, 2023 / Comments (0)


The News recently featured some new notices on Southsea Seafront concerning sewage outfalls that may affect the water quality for leisure users.

The link (QR code) on these notices is to Southern Water’s Beachbuoy system. This is not a ‘real time’ display, but indicates if there has been sewage release in the last 24-72 hours. However, you may like to look at the limitations of this system:

There are groups pressing Southern Water to improve the reporting so that it is more complete and relevant.

Of more concern is Southern Water’s proposal to build a new sewage processing plant in Havant which is to take the recovered water from sewage and pump it to Havant Thicket Reservoir (currently being built) via a new pipeline system, so that it can be mixed with the water from Havant Springs and supplied to Portsmouth Water customers (as well as piped to Otterbourne nr Winchester for Southern Water customers). The consultation on this finishes on 20th February. This affects ALL consumers that receive their tap water from Portsmouth Water or Southern Water, not just Havant.

To HAVE YOUR SAY see: https://havantmatters.org/water/

Please share this detail and encourage others to contact Defra on this matter. All the details are in the website posts.

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