NO to Fawley Desalination Plant

NO to Fawley Desalination Plant

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Christine English started this petition to southern water

Southern Water are proposing to build a £255million DESALINATION PLANT at Ashlett (Fawley), within the New Forest National Park - to solve a problem that they admit may only happen "once in 200 years - i.e. a water shortage during a serious drought. 

We believe that the £255m would be better spent on improving the collection and storage of our rainwater (2020-21 was the wettest winter on record in the UK) and fixing leaks.

If you live in the Waterside area, this WILL affect YOU as pipelines will be laid all the way to the Testwood Water Supply Works, using one or more of the following routes:-

  1. across the New Forest National Park,
  2. along/adjacent to the A326,
  3. along/adjacent to the old Waterside Railway corridor
  4. following the existing oil pipeline route. 

Research shows that DESALINATION:-

  • is the most expensive way to provide tap water
  • uses a lot of energy
  • has a high carbon footprint (up to 15x more than alternatives)
  • is bad for the environment (this is a sensitive waterside area of a National park)
  • can be bad for human health (many contaminants, including sewage, are not able to be filtered out adequately)
  • impacts on marine life (super-salty waste water can upset coastal ecosystem)
  • creates more landfill waste (salt solids)
  • requires high power pumps creating potential noise nuisance
  • encourages more use of bottled water due to the taste (appropriate filters are not yet available to meet drinking water standards)
  • means BIG PROFITS for private water corporations

For more information....Food and Water Watch-desalination-no-solution-water-shortages

Is a hose pipe ban, for a couple of months every 200 years, really worth this?

Please SIGN our petition and go on-line to Southern Water's consultation to air your views

·         Southern Water's consultation

You can also contact your local Parish Council, New Forest District Council, New Forest National Park Authority, MP and           

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