“Time to demand a rebate for Southern Water’s marine wastewater”

THE Argus has rightly reported extensively on Southern Water’s poor service and the way they have knowingly polluted the seawater around our coastal towns.

Billions of liters of raw sewage were discharged into the sea. This is still going on despite a £90million fine. It is dangerous for swimmers and fisheries and harmful to our tourism.

A quick look at my water bill shows me the basic charge is £13.67 for fresh water and £35.72 for waste water. Waste water (sewage) is calculated at 92.5 percent of the volume of water supplied. They claim that these costs are higher because treating and disposing of wastewater costs more than supplying fresh water.

Since they obviously don’t treat the sewage they dump into the sea, why are we being charged for this service?

The Liberal Democrats have called on the UK government to ban bonuses for water company bosses until sewage crime is stopped. The party’s analysis showed that firms in England have paid nearly £27m in bonuses to executives since 2020. These bonuses are undeserved considering that 1,000 sewage spills were recorded every day in 2021. The government did not support the ban but said it was taking “urgent” action to curb sewage discharges.

Obviously the government has a different interpretation of the word “urgent” than the rest

from us. Customers should request a discount on their water bills for untreated wastewater disposed of in the area served by Southern Water.

Frances Lindsay-Hills

Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20974173.time-demand-rebate-southern-waters-sewage-sea/?ref=rss “Time to demand a rebate for Southern Water’s marine wastewater”

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