Sussex coastline 'completely clear' after Southern Water sewage spill

Southern Water says it had a team walking the beach and river to take water quality samples. Credit: PA

Southern Water said it expects the West Sussex coastline to be completely clear of waste by Friday (12 January) afternoon.

People visiting were urged not to go into the water earlier this week following a sewage leak near Shoreham on Tuesday.

The company said the situation will be cleared by 3pm.

A Southern Water spokesman said: "Following the electrical fault at Shoreham Wastewater Treatment Works (WTW) earlier this week, the site is now operating as normal with the temporary overland pump.

"The failed pumps have been removed and they are being examined to understand the cause of the issue."

Southern Water reported on Tuesday that it was releasing screened wastewater through its short sea outfall pipe because of a fault at its wastewater treatment works.

The pipe is located around 500m offshore in the Shoreham Harbour area.

The company previously said the waste was expected to remain in the area's coastal waters until around 11am on Thursday 11 January.

However, despite Southern Water carrying out overnight emergency works to try and resolve the issue, Adur and Worthing Councils had issued a warning saying "the risk of pollution in our coastal waters is expected to remain throughout today".

Adur and Worthing Councils had continued to urge people to avoid going into the water at this time and to take care on the beach in case waste has been washed ashore.

The authorities said they would be "demanding answers" from Southern Water after the incident has affected the sea from Lancing to Fishersgate, including the River Adur, and potentially Worthing.

Southern Water said it had a team walking the beach and monitoring water quality samples to look for signs of any environmental impact following the leak.

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