Sewage dumping in Havant reaches 262 hours in 2023

9 May 2024
Gayathri Sathyanath

New figures analysing sewage dumped in Council areas have revealed that sewage was dumped into waterways in Havant for 262 hours in 2023.

The analysis is based on official data from the Environment Agency, compiled by the House of Commons Library for the Liberal Democrats. It shows sewage was dumped into Chichester and Langstone Harbours, on 45 separate occasions in 2023. 

This is a shocking 277% rise in the duration of sewage spills compared to the previous year, showing how the sewage scandal has worsened under the Conservative government’s watch.

Sewage was dumped into England’s rivers over 460,000 times for a total of over 3.6 million hours in 2023.

It comes after the Liberal Democrats local election success where the party campaigned relentlessly on sewage and the local environment. The party gained over 100 seats and control of two councils, beating the Conservatives and coming second for the first time since 1996.

Havant Liberal Democrats gained 5 extra seats in the local elections last week, with 7 being elected to represent the local people of Havant. They will be working hard to ensure that Southern Water are held to account for the dumping of sewage water in our local harbours.

The Liberal Democrats have led the way in campaigning against sewage dumping for years. The party is calling for strict measures including replacing Ofwat with a tougher regulator, a ban on bonuses for water company bosses whose firms have dumped sewage into waterways and the declaration of a national environmental emergency.

Last year, the Liberal Democrat-run Stockport Council became the first Council in the country to launch an official sewage inquiry. The inquiry asked for evidence from the local water companies and was chaired by Liberal Democrat councillor Lisa Smart. 

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Havant, Gayathri Sathyanath said:

“It is disgusting that Southern Water pumped their filthy sewage into our waterways so many times last year. 

“On doorstep after doorstep, people in Havant told me how furious they were that filthy sewage had been pumped into their rivers and waterways - they want to send this Conservative government a message. 

“The Liberal Democrats have led the way for years in campaigning for tougher action. We want to see a tougher water regulator, an end to bonuses for polluting water company bosses and stronger protections for our local environment.

“Come the General Election, Liberal Democrats will be campaigning hard against this national scandal that has been allowed to take hold while the Conservative Government has sat on its hands and looked the other way.”

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