Widespread public opposition to effluent recycling confirmed in Southern Water report

Widespread public opposition to plans for effluent recycling has been confirmed in Southern Waters report summarising the response to the summer 2022 public consultation relating to the Hampshire Water Transfer & Water Recycling Project. The report confirmed that; 48% of people did not support Water Recycling 46% of people did not support the options appraisal … Continue reading Widespread public opposition to effluent recycling confirmed in Southern Water report

More than 4000 people sign our petition in just 4 weeks

More than 4000 people in just 4 weeks have signed a petition against the proposal for treating final effluent and recycling it for use in drinking water. The petition calls on Defra to delay Southern Water’s plan to recycle sewage effluent into drinking water, and demands they properly explore other cheaper, greener solutions first. Click … Continue reading More than 4000 people sign our petition in just 4 weeks

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 … Continue reading Regulators serve an improvement notice on Southern Water

Ex Southern Water MD slams plans for effluent recycling saying there is a better alternative

A former Managing Director of Southern Water responded to the draft WRMP condemning their proposal to move to effluent recycling indicating the proposals in the plan are a serious mistake. Instead, in his response to Defra he proposed a solution that would reduce upper catchment abstractions, allowing immediate environmental improvements and the recovery of the … Continue reading Ex Southern Water MD slams plans for effluent recycling saying there is a better alternative

Treatment failure at Otterbourne water supply works

Southern Water have confirmed that; “ During planned maintenance at our Otterbourne water supply works systems detected that untreated water was not being filtered properly.” The works was shutdown leaving at least 13,000 customers in Southampton and Winchester with little or no water for several days. Work then got underway “to safely contain, drain, clean, disinfect and … Continue reading Treatment failure at Otterbourne water supply works

The HBC / Southern Water / Portsmouth Water Q&A

It was interesting that this afternoon's meeting at the Civic Plaza was termed the 'Southern Water Broadcast' by Havant Borough Council, at least for those of us who watched it online. We thought it had been billed as a public question-and-answer session, scrutinising both water companies, chaired by Havant Borough Council on behalf of its … Continue reading The HBC / Southern Water / Portsmouth Water Q&A

Sign the petition today!

We call on Defra to delay Southern Water’s plan to recycle sewage effluent into drinking water, and demand they properly explore other cheaper, greener solutions first.  This is because of: Huge environmental concerns.Deliberate suppression of cheaper, greener solutions for financial reasons.Totally inadequate consultation.A complete breakdown of public trust in Southern Water.The risk of water tasting … Continue reading Sign the petition today!

If you can’t attend the HBC meeting, please cancel your ticket and let a waitlisted person take your place!

If you're unable to go to the Plaza session on Wednesday, please make sure you cancel your ticket on Eventbrite to let one of the waitlisted folk in. That way, we can make sure that all 150 seats are still filled! Just 'Go to My Tickets' in the confirmation email you received, and press the … Continue reading If you can’t attend the HBC meeting, please cancel your ticket and let a waitlisted person take your place!

Reserve your place at the Civic Plaza, Wednesday 15 February

Following the combined Havant borough residents' 'Message in a Bottle' campaign, Alex Rennie has set up a public meeting for Wednesday 15 February at the Civic Plaza at 5:00 pm. We encourage all of you with concerns and views about Southern Water's proposed water recycling plant and its potential interaction with Portsmouth Water's Havant Thicket … Continue reading Reserve your place at the Civic Plaza, Wednesday 15 February

Recycling effluent at Budds Farm won’t save our harbours

Raw sewage discharges into Langstone Harbour happen when stormwater comes in from the sewers faster than Budds Farm STW can treat it, and the buffer tanks fill up.   Recycling will not increase the works capacity, nor the size of the storm buffer tanks, it will not speed up basic treatment, so discharges will only increase … Continue reading Recycling effluent at Budds Farm won’t save our harbours

Radio Solent – 23 January ’23 – Listen here

Last week, BBC Radio Solent's Dominic Blake was present at the 'Message in a bottle' session at Havant's Civic Plaza. This morning on the Alun Newman radio programme, Radio Solent broadcast recorded segments from that session plus live interviews with Tracey Viney, Ann Buckley and Dr. Toby Willison. To listen to edited extracts from the … Continue reading Radio Solent – 23 January ’23 – Listen here

Havant Borough residents present ‘message in recycled bottles’ to the council leadership

On Wednesday 18 January, representatives of several local residents' associations and communities met with Havant Borough Council's interim Chief Executive, Kim Sawyer and Council Leader, Alex Rennie, to hand over messages in bottles for distribution to the senior officers, the borough councillors, the Hampshire County councillors and local MP, Alan Mak. Click the image to … Continue reading Havant Borough residents present ‘message in recycled bottles’ to the council leadership

Portsmouth Waters CEO confirms that treated recycled effluent will be supplied to its customers

When asked by Havant Borough Residents Alliance, Bob Taylor, Portsmouth Water’s Chief Executive confirmed that Portsmouth Water customers would receive the treated recycled effluent mixed with spring water in Havant Thicket Reservoir, if Southern Water’s plans for effluent recycling go ahead. Southern Water propose to pump a minimum of 7.5 million litres of recycled effluent … Continue reading Portsmouth Waters CEO confirms that treated recycled effluent will be supplied to its customers

Selective discharge mapping and effluent recycling – Thames now following Southern’s lead

The map below overlays Thames Water's newly published 'real-time' map of their sewage discharges with the similar Southern Water 'Beachbuoy' map of discharges affecting the bathing beaches in their area. Taken together, the picture is as miserable as we might expect, though in reality, the level of detail is lamentably sparse. With Southern Water's 'Beachbuoy', … Continue reading Selective discharge mapping and effluent recycling – Thames now following Southern’s lead