MP proposes water companies after sewage dumps Sussex

A GREEN MP has said “people are literally swimming in shit” as she lashes out at water companies after dumping waste water.

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas has called the recent incidents of sewage being pumped into the water off the Sussex coast “absolutely outrageous”.

It comes after The Telegraph reported on Friday that every single beach between Brighton and Hastings has been polluted with raw sewage following heavy rains.

In some cases, beaches have had to be closed due to the problem.

Beaches at both Bexhill and Normans Bay were forced to close last Tuesday due to “significant” electrical problems at a pumping station.

People in Hastings have also been advised by City Council not to swim in the sea at Pelham Beach due to water pollution.

Yesterday the Liberal Democrats reported that Southern Water had failed to install an Event Duration Monitor (EDM) at Littlehampton Pier and it was only working a third of the time at Seaford.

The Argus: Caroline LucasCaroline Luke

Ms Lucas said: “Absolutely outrageous that every single beach between Brighton and Hastings has been pumped with hideous raw sewage – and yet people are literally swimming in shit without realizing it because privatised, for-profit water companies can’t even do their jobs and monitor them water pollution right.”

A Southern Water spokesperson told The Argus: “Southern Water has led the industry in the role of monitors for their CSO outages – we now have 99 per cent coverage and are on track for 100 per cent coverage by next March .

“We can confirm surveillance is taking place in Seaford, Littlehampton and Lee on Solent.

“In addition, our Beachbuoy app shows in near real time, 365 days a year, all events at each estuary with the opportunity to affect any of the 84 bathing waters on our 700 miles of coastline.”

Argus Beach: Bexhill was closed for sewage last weekBexhill beach was closed for sewage last week

Ms Lucas called Britain’s water regulator Ofwat “powerless” after reports in the Independent that all sewage companies had failed to meet their targets to tackle pollution and sewage pollution.

She said: “Burst pipes, polluted waterways, raw sewage – water companies pay too much to shareholders and deliver too little to the public.

“The impotent regulator Ofwat has let these companies off the hook for years – the sooner they can be brought back into public hands the better.” MP proposes water companies after sewage dumps Sussex

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