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Southern Water stakeholder conference October 2017

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The Southern Water stakeholder meeting was very well attended by local authorities, conservationists and fisheries people and several things from the day will interest you, reports Moya Grove, CPRE Hampshire’s water representative.

Firstly, Southern Water work in the South East which (as you know from previous reports) is an area of acute water stress. Here they are planning for a 200,000 increase in population by 2045 and much less predictable rainfall in amount and intensity. We all use 130-150 litres of water per person per day so where is it to come from?

Southern Water is planning to import water from Portsmouth Water, from Wessex Water and from South West Water. Moving this heavy resource is expensive so the Testwood abstraction (see earlier reports) is to go to public inquiry.

In the long term though, Southern Water sees a much more holistic, catchment based, circular economy with much more recycling and upstream care for the environment to conserve water. Government is to be lobbied over the proposed Freshwater National Planning Statement.

Don’t forget to consider the implications for water (supply and waste) in any planning application you respond to!

Water efficiency
In the meantime, reducing consumption is one way forward and we can all help and save money at the same time! A target of 100 litres of water per person per day is their aim and 100% metering.

  1. Report any leak promptly.
  2. If you are replacing taps or bathroom fixtures ask to see a water label (like an energy label but for water). There are some about (and should be more) so you can identify water conserving products.
  3. Southern Water will retrofit taps, showers and loos with water-saving devices for free. Ring 0330 303 0277 or visit www.southernwater.co.uk/home-visit. They will come to the house, survey it, fit the water-saving gadgets for free and supply suggestions to help you save water, energy and money. Check the operative’s ID first before you let them in though. You can even phone Southern Water to check who they are. One pub saved £2,000 in the first year after this was done!

Water quality
We need to look after water quality too. Great bergs of emulsified fat and toilet wipes must be manually broken up in sewers and waste water plants – what a job! Contact Matt Collins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Sharon Holdstock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at Southern Water to see if they can supply FOG funnels and Gunk pots. Then you can catch fat oil and grease and bin it before it goes down the drain to made hideous fat bergs in the sewers. Also look for dispersible wipes. Nag the supermarkets to source them! The “flushable” ones are the problem ones. Bag and bin those in the household waste. They cost Southern Water (and you) a fortune!

The River Itchen Challenge
A fascinating Southern Water scheme to involve communities and link water and wildlife is being trialled on the Upper Itchen with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

If the community cuts consumption by 10% over a year using the bespoke visits mentioned above then £15,000 will be available for community schemes. Tell your parish council and visit www.southernwater.co.uk/itchenchallenge. The local school has had a wonderful time getting involved!

CPRE Hampshire’s water focus group will be following the progress of the Testwood public inquiry and the development of the Government’s new Freshwater National Planning Statement closely.

Moya Grove
21 November 2017
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