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Why the “Pong” returned

by Jim Forrest on 31 December, 2021

A recent upsurge in the “Peel Common Pong” was caused by emergency works elsewhere, and has been dealt with, say Southern Water.

And they say there will be further reductions in odour..

Southern Water explain: “Our Peel Common site recently had to take and store sludge deliveries from another site that was undergoing maintenance.

“This took longer than expected but has now completed and Peel Common is back to its normal operating levels, reducing the odour levels.

“Work is also being done on the odour control units which should reduce the odour further.”

The explanation came in answers to questions raised at an online seminar with the Chief Executive of Southern Water, convened by Caroline Dinenage MP, following concerns about Sewage discharges into rivers and coastal waters.

You can see the full list of questions and answers here.

Jim Forrest says: “When I first became a Councillor, I attended many meetings of the Peel Common Odour Forum, at whch Southern Water discussed complaints with residents. A huge amount of engineering work has gone on since then to address the problem, and complaints are now very few and far between.

“But there are still occasional issues like this. Southern Water still keep a complaints line open, which you can find on the Contacts list attached to the Calendar we’ve just delivered across Stubbington and Hill Head.”

  • Many more people are now regularly swimming from local beaches – you can find information about water quality at the Beachbuoy site run by Southern Water.
  • Slide presentation from the online seminar.