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TREATED wastewater being pumped into Chichester Harbour is set to be cleaner than ever before.

Southern Water has completed a new £2m plant at the treatment works in Apuldram, near Chichester.

It means effluent being released in times of heavy rain will be treated with ultra-violet rays for the first time.

This kills bacteria that can affect the water quality of the harbour, which contains thousands of shellfish.

Siun Cranny, director at Chichester Harbour Conservancy, said: ‘It has been a challenge for everyone involved but we’ve worked as a team to address the issues which impact on the quality of the water in the harbour.

‘Each representative has engaged with the group to achieve a positive outcome which we know will be a great relief this season to the thousands of harbour users.’

Head of environment and quality at Southern Water John Spence said: ‘We recognise the harbour is environmentally sensitive and we, among others, have a responsibility to help protect it.’