Sewage Alert Signs for Portsmouth Swimmers. 

27 Jan 2023

In Portsmouth it is vital that the public are aware of the ongoing issues with Southern Water discharging storm overflows and sewage into our coastal waters.  

To help the many sea swimmers in Portsmouth make informed decisions, signs have gone up along the seafront to keep residents and visitors informed of storm overflow releases by Southern Water. 

The signs, put up by Portsmouth City Council, will be updated on weekdays from October to March and daily from April to September. 

Cllr Steve Pitt Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development said “I have been delighted to work with council officers and Stop the Sewage Southsea to introduce these signs. The council will continue to campaign alongside them to keep up the pressure on Southern Water.” 

Sarah Shreeve, co-founder of Stop the Sewage Southsea, said: ‘Whilst it remains completely unacceptable that these signs are needed due to ongoing pollution of the Solent, we are so grateful to Cllr Pitt and Portsmouth City Council for listening to our group and finding a way to help us keep swimmers, regular water users, tourists and visitors aware of recent discharges, so that they can make an informed decision about how to use the Solent safely.

We hope that neighbouring councils will be able to emulate this approach and also support their local sea swimmers very soon." 

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