“Welcome to our latest news update. Since our last newsletter we have seen our water supplies, in particular our reservoirs, return to a healthy position, thanks to the wet weather we experienced during the previous few months.
The heavy rainfall throughout April, May and early June allowed us to lift the restrictions on water use on June 14. We also recorded our lowest leakage rate, the best of all the water and sewerage companies in the UK.
However, some underground sources are still below average and we thank all our customers for helping to save water.
In June, West Sussex saw the brunt of the wet weather and we found ourselves battling the effects of some of the most intense rainstorms in recent years.
Teams worked around the clock when a month’s rainfall fell in just 12 hours. The sheer volume of rain overwhelmed parts of the sewerage system causing flooding in areas including Littlehampton, Bognor, Chichester and Worthing.
Our priority during this time was helping our customers and carrying out clean-ups, while keeping our pumping stations running. Tankers were dispatched across the county to remove stormwater from the system and customer services staff and clean-up crews worked in the affected areas.
We are now participating fully in West Sussex County Council’s work to investigate flooding across the county.
To coincide with the Olympic torch passing through our region, a series of events took place to mark the Learn to Swim scheme’s 20th anniversary. Ambassador Duncan Goodhew and his Olympic torch were the stars of Sussex Sports Day at K2 in Crawley, where 1,300 children competed, watched by Tim Loughton MP, Children and Families Minister. We supported Olympic torch relay events in Brighton, Medway and on the Isle of Wight, providing drinking water, water bottles and educational material about drinking water for health and water efficiency. Duncan Goodhew also represented us at a torch ceremony which took place with all of the schools in Peacehaven prior to officially opening the Peacehaven Community School’s Olympic week.”