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Protecting Our Rivers

Protecting river water quality in the South East is critical to us – in Hampshire, almost three quarters of the water we drink is taken from rivers especially the precious chalk Test & Itchen.

Our work around Langstone Harbour

Langstone Harbour is popular among water sports enthusiasts. Although not a designated bathing water, we work hard to help maintain the environment around the harbour – including investment, regular public updates, beach patrols and water quality checks.


Swalecliffe Brook statement

Our investigations into the diesel leak from our wastewater treatment works at Swalecliffe, Kent, and clean up of the local brook are ongoing.

River Test Drought Permit

In June, we warned that flows in the River Test were falling. We said that under new rules governing when we can take water out of the river to supply to customers there was an increased risk of drought this summer.

Last week, flows dropped to the point where we forecast that a drought permit may be needed to continue using the river – which is a vital source of fresh water for south Hampshire.

New Chairman and independent non-executive director appointment

Following a search led by Paul Sheffield, Acting Chairman, the Southern Water Services board will be further strengthened this week with the appointment of Keith Lough as the new independent Chairman and Kevin McCullough as an independent non-executive director. Kevin’s appointment takes effect immediately, and Keith will assume his role on 1 August 2019.

Our Environmental Performance

“There has been a complete step change in our pollutions team over the past two years and this is reflected in the far higher level of self-reporting as new systems and processes kick in