Sussex has been hit by three sewage discharges affecting water quality

After heavy rains, WASTE WATER was discharged into the sea at three locations in the district.

Seaford, Saltdean and Littlehampton have all had effluent releases in the last 24 hours which “could affect water quality” at bathing sites.

It comes after a series of similar incidents on beaches over the past three weeks.

Sussex was struck by thunder and lightning between midnight and 2am last night.

The Argus: A discharge from a drain pipe near Peacehaven appears to be affecting water quality in Seaford (see image).A discharge from a drain near Peacehaven appears to be affecting water quality in Seaford (see image).

On Thursday 25th August there were six releases between Littlehampton, Shoreham and as far away as Hastings.

On 16 August Sussex was hit by 13 sewage discharges due to heavy rains following extremely dry weather.

Southern Water previously said dry soil can’t accommodate surface runoff water, meaning more rain than usual has “overwhelmed” its network.

As a result, it had to dump excess water into the sea to prevent flooding from inundating homes, schools, businesses and hospitals.

Argus: Southern Water's Beachbuoy map this morningSouthern Water’s Beachbuoy card this morning

Video of a swirling brown mass from a drainpipe at Splash Point in Seaford went viral.

The video of Seaford’s Martyn Craddock has been viewed more than a million times online and has been shared 10,000 times, prompting outrage.

Southern Water has been contacted for comment.

James MacCleary, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Lewes, said: “We must act urgently to stop these releases.

“The government has announced a plan that will give companies 30 years to improve all storm overflows at bathing sites.

“There is no obligation for water companies. We must take serious action.”

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