Water company forced to release wastewater into the sea to prevent flooding risk

Water company forced to release wastewater into the sea to prevent flooding risk

Water company forced to release wastewater into the sea to prevent flooding risk

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A water company has said it has been forced to release wastewater into the sea to prevent widespread flooding.

A fault at Southern Water’s pumping station in Sea Road, Littlehampton, today has threatened a back up in the town’s sewer system and potential flooding to the town’s homes and businesses.

To prevent this from happening, the water company are releasing the wastewater through an outfall 100 metres out to sea.

The issue has been caused by a sheared bolt within the pumping station’s mechanisms.

A Southern Water spokesman said: “To prevent widespread flooding of homes and businesses in Littlehampton we are releasing wastewater into the sea following an issue at our Sea Road Pumping Station.

“Wastewater would normally flow into the station and then be pumped away for treatment.

“However, a sheared bolt on an underground valve is preventing the wastewater going through the works and this risks the sewer system backing up and causing flooding in the town.

“To prevent this happening, and to ensure customers can continue to use their toilets, washing machines and showers, we are releasing these flows through an outfall 100 metres out to sea.

“We have crews on site setting up a temporary pumping station to bypass the damaged valve and allow flows to be transferred to the treatment works as normal while the valve is repaired.

“We also have other staff on the beach to clear up if any debris washes back to the shore.”

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2:25pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Nosfaratu says...

When my Dad was Deputy Medical Officer for Health in Eastbourne back in the Sixties, he had the Sewage outfall extended to half a mile. Why is this one only 100 metres. Surely this is a recipe for diseases.
When my Dad was Deputy Medical Officer for Health in Eastbourne back in the Sixties, he had the Sewage outfall extended to half a mile. Why is this one only 100 metres. Surely this is a recipe for diseases. Nosfaratu
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8:12pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Southern Water have not been out of the top 5 industrial polluters in the UK since 2000 and have stated that it is cheaper to pay the repeated 50k fines than spend any dividends on sorting out the disgraceful dumping of untreated shat into the sea....Still, only Londoners and poor people swim in the sea in Brighton.
Southern Water have not been out of the top 5 industrial polluters in the UK since 2000 and have stated that it is cheaper to pay the repeated 50k fines than spend any dividends on sorting out the disgraceful dumping of untreated shat into the sea....Still, only Londoners and poor people swim in the sea in Brighton. Valentinian
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