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Sewage discharged into Bartley Water after sewer blocked



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SEWAGE was discharged into a Totton river because of a blocked sewer.

The issue was highlighted on social media by Cllr David Harrison, who was sent a photo by a local resident of the effluent pouring into Bartley Water.

The Environment Agency told the A&T the problem was cleared and the leak was stopped.

Cllr David Harrison was sent a photo by a local resident
Cllr David Harrison was sent a photo by a local resident

“Fortunately, there have been no reports of fish in distress,” said an EA spokesperson.

“We would like to thank the members of the public who reported this. Anyone who suspects pollution can call our free incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 so we can investigate and take appropriate action.”

Cllr Harrison called for a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to “crimes against the environment”.

“There is no way that this is ever acceptable in terms of how we care for the environment,” he said.

Cllr Harrison called for a zero-tolerance approach
Cllr Harrison called for a zero-tolerance approach

Southern Water did not respond to requests by the A&T for a comment.

Last year, the company was fined a record £90m for polluting waterways – including Beaulieu River – in what a judge termed a “shocking and wholesale disregard for the environment”.

Having dumped billions of litres of raw sewage across the Hampshire, Kent and Sussex coasts, Southern Water was said to have caused “major harm” to the environment.

In December, it was slammed by regulator Ofwat for being linked to two-thirds of environment incidents.

The watchdog said in its 2020/21 annual report that the utilities company was “lagging behind”, and in all but one of the assessed categories it was behind target, from customer satisfaction to sewer collapses.



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