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

“All Change!” for the Ofwat funding model

A contact in the water industry tells us that Ofwat have advised the water industry that from 2024 they will change the funding mechanism for water companies. The change will be designed to encourage companies to look for more environmentally friendly solutions with wider catchment benefits, rather than encouraging the current behaviour of being rewarded … Continue reading “All Change!” for the Ofwat funding model

Peel Common – Why are SW ignoring the obvious?

Have you noticed the text on page 43 of the ‘Scheme Development Summary’ document available for download with the current Southern Water consultation information, which says; “The back-up option B5 is not being developed further in its entirety at this stage and is not progressing through any consent process. However, as options B4 and B5 … Continue reading Peel Common – Why are SW ignoring the obvious?

We get so much rain, why do we need effluent recycling?

Effluent recycling is only used in extreme drought stricken parts of the world where they have no alternatives, like California and Namibia. Hampshire is not in an extreme drought stricken part of the world, we get plenty of rain, we just don’t do enough to capture the water and store it. With Climate change we … Continue reading We get so much rain, why do we need effluent recycling?

Southern Water change their volume numbers. Are we surprised?

When Southern Water originally briefed Stakeholders on their plans to pump treated recycled effluent into the Havant Thicket Reservoir, they told them they would put 5 million litres a day of recycled water into the reservoir and pump 5 million litres a day 40km west to Otterbourne, near Winchester. On page 6 of the consultation … Continue reading Southern Water change their volume numbers. Are we surprised?