Have your say in the future of water supply in the South East

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Have your say in the future of water supply in the South East

Southern Water is asking customers to have their say on our long-term plan to secure high quality drinking water for the South East over the next 50 years. 

Our draft Water Resources Management Plan sets out how we will continue to safeguard supplies in the coming decades and cope with a range of scenarios, from population growth to climate change. 

The plan is detailed in five-year chunks to ensure it can adapt to the changing needs of homes, businesses, communities and industry up until 2070. 

In the shorter-term, our plans for 2020-2025 will see us reducing leaks, increasing the number of homes with meters to encourage water saving and working towards achieving Target 100, which will help us all reduce our personal water usage to 100 litres a day by 2040. 

In the longer term, options across our region include:

  • Building a desalination plant on the Solent, the tidal stretch of the River Arun or at Shoreham Harbour, to clean seawater for use as drinking water
  • Receiving an extra 21 million litres of water each day from Portsmouth Water through a new pipeline, sourced from developing a new reservoir near Havant
  • Recycling water from our wastewater treatment works at Aylesford, Ford and Peacehaven to increase water in the environment
  • A new pipeline to extend the South East regional grid to make it easier to transport water around our water-stressed region
  • Increasing the size of Bewl Reservoir
  • Creating an underground reservoir to store water pumped from the Rivers Rother and Arun during the winter when flows are high to boost supplies in summer.

Southern Water’s Water Strategy Manager, Meyrick Gough, said:

“Fresh, good quality water is vital for our daily lives and it’s only right we should prepare effectively to ensure we safeguard this precious resource well into the future. Our plan is to secure resilience in our water supply, ensuring we’re well prepared to deal with any eventuality – from extreme climate change at one end, to a future where we’re all more water efficient at the other.

“Our customers play a huge part in helping shape the way we manage water supply, and we very much welcome their input as we continue to develop our future plans.”

You can take part in our short online survey here

Customers have until May 28 to have their say on the document and we’ll donate £1 to WaterAid for every response we receive. 

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