‘Langstone Harbour should not be dumping ground’

Louise MacCallum
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RAW sewage being pumped into Langstone Harbour has been condemned by a surfing group.

Andy Cummins, campaigns director at Surfers Against Sewage, spoke out against continued leakages of unscreened waste from Southern Water’s outfall pipe at Eastney.

As reported yesterday, a slick of black filth poured into the sea on Sunday.

Mr Cummins said: ‘Surfers Against Sewage will be forwarding the evidence captured by the Eastney Cruising Association to the Environment Agency and believe Southern Water have some difficult questions to answer.

‘The sewerage system clearly can’t cope with the summer weather the UK regularly experiences and the environment is being used inappropriately as a dumping ground for pollution.

‘Sewer overflows should only be used in extreme weather events and there are many actions Southern Water need to be taking before they discharge untreated sewage into the environment.

‘The public can also help reduce sewage spills by not using the toilet as a wet bin and disposing of sanitary items responsibly and to stop pouring fats oils and greases down the sinks.’

Southern Water is carrying out a major revamp at Fort Cumberland and hopes to have the work finished by the end of the year. This should prevent spillages into the sea.

Louise MacCallum, environment officer for the Langstone Harbour Board, said: ‘We’re glad to see Southern Water have commenced a £10 million upgrade of their site at Fort Cumberland and hope this will prevent sewage being released into the harbour in future.’