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In late 2014, we completed a £20 million project to reduce the risk of sewer flooding in parts of Portsmouth and Southsea.
Portsmouth was one of the first cities in the UK to have a dedicated sewer network. It was built during the Victorian age, when sewers were designed to take both rainwater and wastewater from people’s homes.
These sewers are known as combined sewers and during storms there can be up to 25 times more water in them than during dry weather.
Our scheme diverts a significant amount of rainwater – up to 6,400 litres per second – away from the combined sewers by sending it into the sea.
We have also constructed two new underground pumping stations, which will reduce the risk of sewer flooding.
Work started in October 2012 at various locations across the city. The work will benefit the whole city but in particular those areas that have suffered flooding in the past.
Our leaflet explains how we manage wastewater in the Portsmouth area.
By taking rainwater from the system it will also benefit the environment by reducing the amount of water flowing to Eastney Pumping Station.
During heavy rain the pumping station releases stormwater from an outfall at Fort Cumberland to prevent flooding.
In 2015, we completed a £10 million investment scheme to improve the resilience and robustness of our storm tanks at Fort Cumberland.
At Eastney Pumping Station, a number of improvements are taking place to make the site run as efficiently as possible.
This includes a 'real time' monitoring system to give more reliable warning of storms and allow preparations to be made at the pumping station.
Other work at Eastney includes: