900 fish killed in River Adur East pollution leak

Dead fish species have included eel, brown trout and roach

Dead fish species have included eel, brown trout and roach

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MORE than 900 fish have been killed after Southern Water released “serious pollution” into a river.

Fish species including eel, brown trout and roach have been found across a 1.2-mile stretch of the River Adur East in north Burgess Hill.

A Southern Water pump failure, which resulted in waste water being released from the Fairplace Hill Pumping Station is being blamed.

Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”.

The Environment Agency, which was alerted by Southern Water last week after the problem was discovered, described the case as a “serious pollution”.

Jamie Benton, environment manager team leader at the agency, said: “We were alerted to a significant fish kill at the Adur East stream in London Road, Burgess Hill. Our officers attended and discovered over 900 dead fish over a 2km stretch.”

Residents contacted The Argus after spotting men in high-visibility jackets along the waterway, as well as numbers of fish washed up along the banks.

A Southern Water spokesman said: “Our Fairplace Hill Pumping Station released waste water from an emergency outfall for about an hour last Tuesday morning following a pump failure.

“This was a regrettable incident but our attendance was prompt and the site is now working as normal.

“The outfall releases into a watercourse called River Adur East and we immediately informed the Environment Agency, put measures in place to minimise the environmental impact and inspected the stream.

“While doing so, we found a number of dead fish, some of them upstream of the release, which may have been dead for some time.

“We continue to work with the Environment Agency in establishing the cause of the fish kill. Following any spill, where possible we also work with the Environment Agency such that the ecological quality assessment of the watercourse can be improved in the future.”

The Environment Agency has asked anyone with any information about discharges to call them on 03708 506506.

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6:06am Tue 22 Jul 14

twonk says...

Same old Southern Water. The biggest polluters in the South.
Same old Southern Water. The biggest polluters in the South. twonk
  • Score: 23

7:01am Tue 22 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

Thank Goodness their hi-viz jackets still work.
Thank Goodness their hi-viz jackets still work. stevo!!
  • Score: -5

7:21am Tue 22 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Pollution the Greens have been Swimming in the river !
Pollution the Greens have been Swimming in the river ! chrismilo
  • Score: -6

7:41am Tue 22 Jul 14

Scorpio50 says...

Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible.
Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible. Scorpio50
  • Score: 23

10:47am Tue 22 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

Southern Water has got to be the biggest polluters in the country and all they have to say about it is its regrettable and the site is now workings as normal until something go’s wrong again and yet again its will just be “regrettable” But will Southern Water be re-stoking the river with the 900+ fish they have killed?
Southern Water has got to be the biggest polluters in the country and all they have to say about it is its regrettable and the site is now workings as normal until something go’s wrong again and yet again its will just be “regrettable” But will Southern Water be re-stoking the river with the 900+ fish they have killed? wippasnapper
  • Score: 10

11:40am Tue 22 Jul 14

monkeymoo says...

Scorpio50 wrote:
Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible.
The thing i can never understand......

IF (and it's a big IF) one of these private companies does get a fine, all they do is put up the cost of people's bills.

Ultimately covering the cost of any fine!
[quote][p][bold]Scorpio50[/bold] wrote: Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible.[/p][/quote]The thing i can never understand...... IF (and it's a big IF) one of these private companies does get a fine, all they do is put up the cost of people's bills. Ultimately covering the cost of any fine! monkeymoo
  • Score: 4

11:49am Tue 22 Jul 14

tinker111 says...

Scorpio50 wrote:
Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible.
Fined a very large amount OH yes it will get tacked on to bills so all ways we pay
[quote][p][bold]Scorpio50[/bold] wrote: Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible.[/p][/quote]Fined a very large amount OH yes it will get tacked on to bills so all ways we pay tinker111
  • Score: 2

11:49am Tue 22 Jul 14

tinker111 says...

Scorpio50 wrote:
Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible.
Fined a very large amount OH yes it will get tacked on to bills so all ways we pay
[quote][p][bold]Scorpio50[/bold] wrote: Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible.[/p][/quote]Fined a very large amount OH yes it will get tacked on to bills so all ways we pay tinker111
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Hoarder12345444 says...

Scorpio50 wrote:
Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible.
They should be yes. I would like to know why by large bills mean they just dump pollution in the local stream. This is really bad.
[quote][p][bold]Scorpio50[/bold] wrote: Southern Water said the incident was “regrettable” adding that its response had been “prompt”. Regrettable! Well, you can that again. Southern Water should be fined for gross negligence. Terrible.[/p][/quote]They should be yes. I would like to know why by large bills mean they just dump pollution in the local stream. This is really bad. Hoarder12345444
  • Score: 0

2:43pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Man With No Name says...

No doubt southern water will get yet another tiny fine that they won't even flinch over..
No doubt southern water will get yet another tiny fine that they won't even flinch over.. Man With No Name
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Tue 22 Jul 14

nosolution says...

If someone hadn't of called it in to the Argus the details wouldn't of been in the public realm. This begs the question of how many times, how serious and when this has happened before that we haven't heard about...
If someone hadn't of called it in to the Argus the details wouldn't of been in the public realm. This begs the question of how many times, how serious and when this has happened before that we haven't heard about... nosolution
  • Score: 6

5:04pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jackthekipper says...

thats just one we know of,i reckon theyre still dumping untreated stuff in the sea down here too.
thats just one we know of,i reckon theyre still dumping untreated stuff in the sea down here too. jackthekipper
  • Score: 7

7:59pm Tue 22 Jul 14

rolivan says...

People are worried about the pollution to the water supply that fracking might cause and yet I don't suppose Dr Caroline Lucas and her Friends will be protesting about Southern Water.
People are worried about the pollution to the water supply that fracking might cause and yet I don't suppose Dr Caroline Lucas and her Friends will be protesting about Southern Water. rolivan
  • Score: 0

11:11am Wed 23 Jul 14

Man With No Name says...

nosolution wrote:
If someone hadn't of called it in to the Argus the details wouldn't of been in the public realm. This begs the question of how many times, how serious and when this has happened before that we haven't heard about...
Very, very regularly, just ask the EA
[quote][p][bold]nosolution[/bold] wrote: If someone hadn't of called it in to the Argus the details wouldn't of been in the public realm. This begs the question of how many times, how serious and when this has happened before that we haven't heard about...[/p][/quote]Very, very regularly, just ask the EA Man With No Name
  • Score: 2

11:22am Wed 23 Jul 14

redwing says...

rolivan wrote:
People are worried about the pollution to the water supply that fracking might cause and yet I don't suppose Dr Caroline Lucas and her Friends will be protesting about Southern Water.
I doubt you'll be calling for the public ownership of water supply companies either.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: People are worried about the pollution to the water supply that fracking might cause and yet I don't suppose Dr Caroline Lucas and her Friends will be protesting about Southern Water.[/p][/quote]I doubt you'll be calling for the public ownership of water supply companies either. redwing
  • Score: 2

12:06am Thu 24 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

This is what happens when you allow the conservatives into power and they sell off national assets to incompetent companies that are always more interested in making profit than doing a good job.

It is time to renationalise all our previously publically owned power and water supplies.
This is what happens when you allow the conservatives into power and they sell off national assets to incompetent companies that are always more interested in making profit than doing a good job. It is time to renationalise all our previously publically owned power and water supplies. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 0

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