Raw sewage threatens future of Chichester harbour

Raw sewage threatens future of Chichester harbour

Southern Water has promised to prevent the protected area becoming an ecological disaster zone, but few are optimistic

It is dispiriting that in 2021, after heavy rain, scientific instruments are not needed to measure water quality in Chichester harbour: the smell makes it obvious. Southern Water is discharging raw sewage.

After it was issued with a record £90m fine for routinely breaking the law elsewhere on its patch, the company says there is now a concerted effort on its part to try to prevent this heavily protected bird sanctuary becoming an ecological disaster zone.

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