There is a growing awareness that there may be pollution in Chichester Harbour Water.
So you can stay informed we have collected various sources of information together.
General Advice from the Environment Agency is that the highest risk is in the 72 hours after heavy rainfall.
Southern Water have the BeachBuoy system which indicates stormwater or wastewater releases. You can also sign up to their notification system: https://www.southernwater.co.uk/water-for-life/our-bathing-waters/beachbuoy
Chichester Harbour Conservancy do monthly water quality tests and you can keep yourself informed by checking here: https://www.conservancy.co.uk/page/water-quality-information
Surfers Against Sewage also have the Safer Seas App although this is more aimed at the beaches rather than inland water. https://www.sas.org.uk/safer-seas-service/
If you think you have become ill as a result of being in the water please report it. You need to report to Havant Borough Council https://www.havant.gov.uk/contact-us . You need to select Environmental Health
Reporting a pollution incident
The Environment Agency (EA) is the relevant authority for water pollution. Incidents of pollution should be reported to the EA via the website
or by calling 0800 80 70 60. If you can take a photo of the incident, this may prove helpful to identify the cause and type of pollution.
The Environment Agency will notify the local council of the incident.
Although aimed at openwater swimmers this government advice is useful for all water users
If you’re an ESC member, send a request to join this closed group