Southern Water is addressing Worthing pipe relief concerns

SOUTHERN Water has addressed concerns about a leak from a sea-side pipe.

It came after Worthing Borough Council said it wanted “a detailed response” from the water company.

The black discharge came from a drainpipe on the coast near Travelodge in Marine Parade on Monday 10 August.

Southern Water has now confirmed it wasn’t sewage spills, but rather rotting seaweed and silt.

A Southern Water spokesman said: “A report was made to us on the evening of August 11th and we quickly visited the drain opposite the Travelodge.

The Argus: The remains of the rotting algae stuck in the pipeThe remains of the rotting seaweed stuck in the pipe

“Samples were taken which showed it was not a sewage spill.

“We believe the pipe was partially blocked with gravel and the water that came out was seawater that was being pushed up the pipe by the tide and was now trickling out again.

“The debris was algae and silt.

“We have kept the council beach team informed and no beach closure has been implemented. We would like to thank customers for reporting – we encourage customers to report potential issues to us on 0330 303 0368.”

Worthing Borough Council said it was seeking “reassurances” there would be no further problems with the pipe.

Further comment was requested. Southern Water is addressing Worthing pipe relief concerns

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