Sussex sewage monitors ‘not installed or faulty’ – Lib Dems

MONITORS, which measure the amount of sewage pumped into the sea, are installed incorrectly or not at all, the Liberal Democrats claim.

Analyzing data from the Environment Agency, the party said water companies are not monitoring discharges of water along the coast, including Sussex’s seaside resorts.

It comes as dozens of pollution warnings were posted on beaches and coastal bathing spots after heavy rains overloaded sewers, prompting water companies to dump sewage into the natural environment.

The Argus: Sewage has been dumped into the water on 13 Sussex beaches. 16.8Sewage has been dumped into the water on 13 Sussex beaches. 16.8

The Liberal Democrats said water companies either don’t have Event Duration Monitors (EDMs) installed or use equipment that often fails.

These devices measure the number and length of sewage heaps from storm surges.

Overall, the party found that 24 per cent of wastewater discharges went unmonitored last year, while 1,802 monitors installed by water companies across the UK were down at least 90 per cent of the time.

In Sussex it was found that Southern Water had failed at all to install one at the popular seaside resort of Littlehampton Pier, while one at Seaford only operated a third of the time.

The Argus: Martyn Craddock posted video of the water at Seaford on social media.Martyn Craddock posted the video of the water at Seaford on social media.

Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Tim Farron MP said: “These water companies could be guilty of gross negligence if they fail to install wastewater monitoring devices.

“This is a national scandal and these new numbers smack of a cover-up. Britain’s seaside resorts are inundated with polluted sewage, but the government is nowhere to be found.

“Why on earth are Conservative ministers letting them get away with it?

“Sussex has been ravaged by nefarious sewage dumps over Southern Water in recent days.

“The CEO of Southern Water should go to Seaford immediately to review this wastewater monitor.

“The public needs to know how safe, if at all, popular swimming beaches are.”

In response to the problem, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs released a response earlier this week outlining the actions it is taking.

Water Secretary Steve Double said: “We are the first government to take action to tackle sewage flooding.

“It was clear to us that water companies’ reliance on spills was unacceptable and that their priority was to significantly reduce the amount of wastewater they discharged.

“This comes on top of the ambitious actions we have already taken, including advice on water quality improvement targets, which will serve as a powerful tool to deliver cleaner water and will push all water utilities to go further and faster to stop spills remedy.

“Work to address sewage spills is progressing rapidly and we will publish our plan according to the legal deadline of September 1.”

Southern Water has been contacted for comment.—lib-dems/?ref=rss Sussex sewage monitors ‘not installed or faulty’ – Lib Dems

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