Southern Water Helps to Protect Water from Nitrogen Pollution

Southern Water

Southern Water have revealed their plan for protecting Langstone and Chichester harbours from nitrogen pollution. 

Southern Water, which provides the water supply across West Sussex, have revealed their plan for protecting Langstone and Chichester harbours from nitrogen pollution as a part of their latest 'water for life' campaign.

They say that nutrients come from a wide variety of sources which are then washed into the water and can then damage aquatic life as well as reduce the quality of the water we drink too.

In Chichester Harbour, the Environment Agency say that wastewater from water treatment works make up just 10% of these nutrients - with 54% coming from the coast, and 34% coming from urban and agricultural areas.

In their latest press release, the water company have also revealed they remove nitrogen from more people's waste 'than all of the other water companies combined', and that between 2020 and 2025, £71.4m will have been invested to reduce the amount of nutrients going into Stodmarsh, the Itchen, and into the Solent too.

They say £5m will also be invested by shareholders to protect these 'sensitive' sites.

It's part of their commitment to partner with land owners, as well as local authorities and developers - alongside water companies - to reduce their contribution of treated waste water into the sensitive coastal waters.

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