Southern Water warns swimmers to avoid polluted waters off Langstone Harbour

The stream of filfth puring into the sea at Eastney
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A WATER company responsible for dumping raw sewage into the sea off Langstone Harbour has warned people not to swim there.

As reported, there has been outcry about continued leakages of unscreened waste from Southern Water’s outfall pipe at Eastney.

It comes after a slick of black filth poured into the sea on Sunday.

It has prompted Eastney Cruising Association to advise members to avoid the area, and Southern Water agree that is a responsible move.

Geoff Loader, a spokesman for Southern Water, said on BBC Radio Solent earlier today: ‘I think we are right in the current circumstances to be careful.

‘We have a significant problem at that site which we are rectifying.’

‘In 2010, there was an atrocious storm that wrecked the pumping station, so things are far from ideal at the moment.’

The company has announced it will embark on a £15m improvement programme to improve Fort Cumberland sewage treatment works.

It is also nearing the end of a £20m flood alleviation scheme to divert rainwater away from some of its sewers in Portsmouth.

Bob Evans, sailing secretary at Eastney Cruising Association, said: ‘We are advising members not to go in the water during rainy periods.

‘I am shocked and appalled that the situation has got so bad.’