Council Leader responds to Water Recycling Project

Friday, 19 August, 2022

Councillor Alex Rennie, Leader of Havant Borough Council, has this week given his formal response to the consultation of the Hampshire Transfer and Water Recycling Project being run by Southern Water.

Stating in his submitted response, Councillor Rennie says: “Havant Borough Council has serious concerns about Southern Water’s Water Transfer and Water Recycling Project and further information is needed in order to understand why water recycling is needed for the Havant Thicket Reservoir, as opposed to natural sources for filling the reservoir.”

Asking for the proposal to be reconsidered, the leader has asked Southern Water why the use of water recycling was not made clear during the planning process for the outline planning application, as this may have had an impact on the public perception on the reservoir project and application.

A request has been submitted to Southern Water for the consultation of transferring and recycling of water to be extended so that residents in the borough can have a better understanding of the proposals for the major change to how drinking water is stored and produced for residents of the borough. 

Despite concerns about the transparency of the process Havant Borough Council remain supportive of the Reservoir project upon the proposals set out in the Planning Application, for surplus water to be drawn from the Bedhampton Springs only.

The latest information on the Hampshire Water Transfer & Water Recycling Project consultation and plans can be found here.

A copy of the Leader’s full response can be found here.