Regulators serve an improvement notice on Southern Water

REGULATORS have issued Southern Water with a final warning over work that needs to be carried out to combat “potential risks” to household supplies. The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) has served the company with a Final Enforcement Notice following delays affecting a £350m project that is not due to finish until 2034. The scheme involves a raft of improvements needed to the water supply plant at Otterbourne.

In 2018, the Drinking Water Inspectorate served Southern Water with regulatory notices relating to several of its sites, including Otterbourne. A DWI spokesman said:

“These sites were in need of improvement to mitigate potential risks to the water supply and to ensure the company continues to meet its regulatory duties in respect of the provision of a wholesome water supply.

“Due to delays, the inspectorate has taken further action by way of issuing a Final Enforcement Order at Otterbourne.”