Make DEFRA aware of your concerns
The most important action you can take is to respond to Defra, the organisation which can exert the most pressure on Southern Water.
The draft Southern Water Plan has been submitted to the Department of Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) for approval, as the government department responsible for water. If you are concerned about the proposal for effluent recycling via the Havant Thicket Reservoir, and then on into your drinking water, it is essential that you make Defra aware of your concerns.
The most effective way to do this is to email Defra, copying Southern Water and Water Resources South East (WRSE), the organisation which prepared the draft Regional Plan that includes the effluent recycling proposal.
It is also important that you send your concerns to Water Resources in South East (WRSE) who have prepared the draft Regional Plan which also includes the effluent recycling proposal.
If the Southern Water effluent recycling plan goes ahead, many Portsmouth Water customers will also receive the recycled water when Portsmouth Water take water from the Havant Thicket Reservoir to supply to their customers after 2032. However, because the effluent recycling infrastructure will not be built by Portsmouth Water it is not included in their draft plan, which is also out for consultation. If you are concerned about this, then email Defra with your feedback, copying Portsmouth Water on your reply.
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