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Southern Water 'charge sheet gets longer and longer'

The newly appointed Water Champion at Lewes District Council has promised to hold Southern Water and South East Water to account after Cabinet councillors gave their unanimous approval for the new role.

Cllr O'Brien news image

Cllr O'Brien news image
Councillor Emily O'Brien, Cabinet Member for Climate, Nature and Food Systems at Lewes District Council, is the council's new Water Champion and will monitor the performance of both companies and report her findings to Full Council.

Councillor O'Brien said:

"Like most residents in Lewes district and every other town and village in the south east, I have been appalled by some of the actions of Southern Water and South East Water over recent years.

"The Southern Water charge sheet just gets longer and longer after the BBC's revelations last week about illegal dry spilling of sewage.

"Our rivers and sea water are under threat like never before and I won't hesitate to do what I can in this role to expose any malpractice by either company."

Lewes District Council declared a water emergency in July 2023.

Published on September 16, 2023.

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Last modified on 23 May 2024