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Water Quality Problems

Hayling’s wonderful beaches hit BBC South’s television coverage in early August for the wrong reasons. Before exploring the background to this news report, it’s important to note that Hayling’s seawater quality is good 95% of the time but it is the impact of particularly heavy rainfall that is the issue here. Local watersports enthusiasts alerted our Councillors and Southern Water (SW), at a Hayling Infrastructure Advisory Group back in 2017 under the Chairmanship of Cllr. Michael Wilson, to the too often unhealthy state of our beaches’ sea water following SW’s untreated dischargers. Yet the Environment Agency has continued to permit Southern Water to make, in this year alone (BBC South To

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