Six bathing spots in Sussex have been hit by storms

SIX bathing sites in Sussex have experienced sewage releases after heavy rains today.

Southern Water’s Beachbuoy app shows that coastal locations have had storm outbreaks in the last 24 hours.

It comes after The Argus reported earlier today that Southern Water believes sewage runoff could release stormwater and sewage.

The six bathing spots marked as approved in the app are:

  • Littlehampton
  • Lancing Beach Green
  • Shoreham Beach
  • Southwick
  • Bexhill
  • St Leonard’s

The Argus: Southern Water's Beachbuoy ChartBeachbuoy map of Southern Water

A spokeswoman for Southern Water said: “Extreme rain can overwhelm the combined sewage and drainage system that exists in many parts of our region.

“Protecting homes, schools and businesses from flooding has led to some flooding, with excess water spilling into the sea. These runoffs are highly diluted and are typically 95 percent rainwater.

“We are committed to significantly reducing storm overflows and are implementing innovative pilot projects across the region to reduce the amount of rain entering our combined sewers by 2030.”

Last week, Southern faced criticism after sewage was released on 13 beaches across Sussex after a period of heavy rain was reported by Surfers Against Sewage. Six bathing spots in Sussex have been hit by storms

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