2,338 hours of untreated diluted sewage discharged into sea of Folkestone & Hythe District in 2020.
Southern Water owned offshore in the tax haven of Jersey, discharged untreated diluted sewage into the sea of the Folkestone & Hythe District coastline for two thousand three hundred and thirty eight (2,388) hours in 2020. This is equivalent of untreated diluted sewage being poured into the sea of our coastline, once every four days. These discharges stemmed from 235 incidents at ten Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) or pumping stations dotted around the district.
New Romney WWTW
Queens Rd New Romney Water Pumping Station (WPS)
Lydd Rd Camber WPS
Alexander Rd Hythe Combined Sewer Overflow
Range Rd Hythe WPS
Tates Copse Hythe WPS
West Hythe WWTW
Southern Way Folkestone WPS
The Southern Way, Folkestone Junction Water Pumping Station delivers approximately 45 -50 million litres of wastewater every day from the surrounding catchment area. In 2020 it had eighteen discharges lasting 108 hours. this means approx 200,625,000 litres of untreated diluted sewage flowed into the sea over 108 hours.
Combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and storm overflows (SOs) are designed to discharge untreated, diluted sewage directly into rivers and watercourses in event of extreme rainfall to prevent the flooding of homes and businesses.
Any overflow which spills more than 60 times per year should be investigated by the Environment Agency, or 40 times if monitoring has been in place for several years. In our district only the West Hythe WWTW spilt more than 60 hours. It spilt for 1,614 hours, but it appears it has not been investigated by the Environment Agency.
CSOs and SOs are the canary in the mine for waste water management, and it is clear from these figures, for our district, the sewage network is not fit for purpose.
On June 16th 2021, flash floods in Hythe caused flooding for businesses and households on Hythe High Street. With increasingly volatile weather patterns due to climate change becoming the norm, this is affecting the towns and villages in our district on a more frequent basis. This problem will only get worse and our current infrastructure is not be able to cope with demand. Yet for some inexplicable reason Southern Water fails to object to planning applications even though they are aware the waste water sewer infrastructure in the district is not fit for purpose.
The Shepway Green Party as the party who wants to save the environment locally have said nothing about this. It really does show them as a one issue party, that being Save Princes Parade. Nothing wrong with that, but they could really pretend to at least care about the rest of the environment in our district.
Love the video
Once again another great blog. Thanks for all your efforts for keeping us so well informed.
The comment above by A F sums it up. Come May 2023 I won’t be voting for the Greens again.
Even in the wake of the £90 million fine iin early July, Southern Water own maps show a continued flow of raw filth into coastal waters. Same shit, different day. The only occasions on which water companies are allowed by law to release raw sewage are when “exceptional rainfall” overwhelms their treatment works. But the crap keeps coming, rain or no rain.
Keep up the good work
I do not believe that an Australian based venture capital outfit have a vesper of concern for Southern England’s environment or the people that live here only the great God PROFIT. And based on their previous track record with Thames Water we can only expect our bills to start rising any time soon.
Come back Public Ownership all is forgiven. What twisted Tory logic believes that it is right to make profits from the life sustaining public water supply and waste water treatment
Thanks for alerting us to this vital issue. One look at Southern Water’s wikipedia page reveals systematic law breaking since 2007, virtually on a weekly basis! I cannot believe this bunch of criminals is still operating. The gains of their illegal activities simply outweigh the paltry fines. Take a look at their wiki page: your jaw will hit the floor.