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Water company hits back at claims it dumped sewage illegally

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A water company has hit back at allegations it illegally dumped sewage

Southern Water has been accused of being the ‘most at-fault’ water supplier in the UK for alleged illegal ‘dry dumping’.

According to campaign group Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), a “dry dump” occurs when sewage is discharged when there has been no rain.

In stormy weather, rain can overwhelm the combined sewer and drainage systems that exist throughout Sussex.

Under these circumstances, Southern Water said it was releasing storm overflows “to protect homes, schools and businesses from flooding.”

Southern Water has previously said these discharges are highly diluted, typically 95% rainwater.

But in a new report SAS said Southern Water could be guilty of illegal “dry dumping”.

The report analyzed sewage release alerts and weather data and SAS says it shows releases occurred at least 146 times when no rain was recorded.

SAS said this despite regulations stating that outings should only occur during “unusually heavy rain”.

According to the campaign group’s research, Southern Water was responsible for four times as many “dry spills” as the next company, South West Water.

Southern Water hit back at the claims, saying SAS refused to share the full report with it before it was released.

He said so-called “dry spills” are allowed when pressurized groundwater has seeped into pipes and requires overflows to prevent flooding, or when water has taken longer to come in. due to the size and complexity of the area drained by the sewer and the network itself.

“Over the past year, the British public has made clear their disgust at what is happening to our rivers and seas, and yet water companies continue to pollute at will,” said Amy Slack, head of campaigns and politics at SAS.

“It is particularly alarming to find evidence of potentially illegal activities by water companies in the form of ‘dry dumping’, which is not permitted under current regulations.

“Shareholders and CEOs shamelessly profit from pollution.”

A spokesperson for Southern Water told The Argus: ‘Storm releases, which go a long way to reducing the impact of the type of flooding we’ve seen recently, and which are licensed by the Environment Agency , have been reduced by almost 50% this year compared to last, partly due to a dry summer.

“We are investing £2 billion to improve environmental performance and further reduce use, by increasing storage capacity and working with partners to reduce rain runoff entering the system.”