Raw sewage dumped in Meon Valley rivers by Southern Water every day last year, figures show

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Meon Valley sewage leaks

Raw sewage was dumped into rivers in the Meon Valley on average once a day last year, figures have revealed.

Research by pressure group Top of the Poops reveals that sites across the Meon Valley were polluted by Southern Water last year in 494 incidents totalling 6,600 hours – more than nine months.

These are the sites that have been polluted:

  • River Meon at Wickham
  • Ford Lake in Durley
  • River Hamble in Durley
  • Sheepwash near Hambledon
  • River Wallington at Southwick
  • Shawfords Lake at Fairthorne Manor
  • Potwell near Waterlooville
  • River Wallington at Waterlooville

Southern Water has pledged to improve its record. A spokesperson said: “We know storm overflows are not acceptable, and we are working hard and investing heavily to reduce their use. We also continue to be committed to open and transparent reporting of all spills, including via our Beachbuoy reporting app.”

Meon Valley MP was widely mocked in February after telling constituents they shouldn’t flush their toilets or have a bath when it’s raining heavily. Mrs Drummond said it would help to stop sewers getting full and extra waste being discharged into rivers.

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