Response to Surfers Against Sewage Report

We share the passion and commitment of Surfers Against Sewage’s to protect our precious coastal water and the 700 miles of coastline in our region.

We know our performance has to improve and we are driving a step change in investment spending £2 billion to cut pollution incidents by 80 per cent by 2025.

Our new task force aims to cut storm overflows by 80 per cent by 2030. Our target is ambitious but all 83 of our bathing waters meet strict European standards and 78 are excellent or good, a challenge which 20 years ago seemed impossible.

We also lead the industry in our openness and transparency. Every storm release is announced on our Beachbuoy app in near real time 365 days a year. All of our environmental data is published annually.

Notes to Editors:

Southern Water is industry leading for monitoring of releases with 98 per cent coverage of our outfalls and this is reflected in the very high rate of self-reporting by the company.

We treat 748 million litres of wastewater a day at our 367 wastewater treatment works and our 39500km network has more than 3000 pumping stations to serve customers and protect the environment.

The purported ‘discharge’ at Langstone Harbour is a permitted release and the visible drone evidence is silt stirred up by rain water which would otherwise back up the system and flood homes, schools and businesses.

We are currently working with SAS so our Beachbuoy data will automatically update their app.