Campaigners Condemn Southern Water for Over 1,200 Hours of Sewage Releases at Chichester Harbour Beauty Spot

Sewage spills at Chichester Harbour in West Sussex, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), lasting over 1,200 hours within a month, are being denounced as an “assault on the environment” by activists. Southern Water reports that these extended releases, though legal, were exacerbated by heavy rainfall and the impact of Storm Babet and Storm Ciaran.

As of the latest update, Southern Water’s real-time data reveals that the Thornham outfall has been releasing sewage for 710 hours and five minutes from October 24 to November 23. The Bosham outfall records multiple, shorter releases, including one lasting 281 hours and 24 minutes from October 27 to November 8 and another for 213 hours and seven minutes between November 12 and 21.

SOS Whitstable, a sewage pollution campaign group for Kent, Sussex, and Hampshire, raised concerns about these outfalls, emphasizing, “That a coastal bathing location such as Chichester Harbour, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, should suffer over 1,200 hours of sewage pollution in under a month is nothing short of an assault on the environment.

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