Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan demands action from Southern Water after wastewater dumped into Langstone Harbour

THE MP for Portsmouth South has written to Southern Water demanding the company act on ‘unacceptable’ sewage discharges into Langstone Harbour.

By Richard Lemmer
Friday, 30th April 2021, 3:49 pm
Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan, pictured in 2019.  Picture: Chris Moorhouse
Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan, pictured in 2019. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

MP Stephen Morgan has written to Southern Water’s chief executive Ian McAuley to raises ongoing concerns that diluted sewage is being released into the scenic waterway.

Issues with capacity at the nearby Budds Farm treatment facility means the area has been hit by a series of ‘combined sewer overflows’, with the overflowing sewage presenting health and environmental risks.

Last week, six discharges had been made in a single day following a system failure.

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In his letter, Mr Morgan urges Southern Water to set out its plans to address treatment capacity, tackle excessive discharges, and calls for an urgent meeting to discuss the issue further.

Stephen Morgan said: ‘I remain deeply concerned by the frequency and volume of sewage discharges into Langstone Harbour, which pose an unacceptable health risk.

‘Southern Water must take responsibility and set out clearly how they intend to protect water users and our natural environment.’

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