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Have your say on South East Water’s plans to secure future drinking water supplies up to 2075

South East Water Consultation

South East Water’s ability to supply water is under increasing pressure due to a growing population, changing climate and new laws to protect the environment.

South East Water has worked hard to create a regional solution which strikes a delicate balance between those pressures, while also protecting and enhancing the environment and adding value to society.

The plan outlines how the company intends to invest £2.2 billion during the next 50 years building a range of new infrastructure and a further £2.1 billion reducing leaks and customer water use.

The plan is part of the wider Water Resources in the South East (WRSE) regional plan, which is also being consulted upon at the same time.  You can find out more about the regional plan, here.

Projects in the plan include:

  • Leak reduction and water efficiency activities
  • New pipelines to increase the amount of water that moves between water companies and also within our supply area
  • A new reservoir at Broad Oak (Kent)
  • Water recycling between Peacehaven Wastewater Treatment Plan and Arlington
  • Desalination at Reculver (Kent)
  • New reservoir in East Sussex – a second reservoir at our preferred location of Arlington or Broyle Place

To find out more, you can view the plan in full detail and submit your views on our dedicated consultation hub.

You can send responses directly to the Secretary of State by emailing:

South East Water thanks everyone who has attended one of their in-person or virtual events.  There are two remaining events:

24 January, Public exhibition

  • 13:00 to 18.30 – Tyler Hill Memorial Hall Tyler, Hill, Canterbury Kent, CT2 9NJ

2 February, WRSE interactive online Q&A

  • 13:00 to 15:00 – log on to this website during this time to pose your question and have it answered in real time.

The consultation closes on 20 February 2023.

A statement of response, taking all feedback into account, will be published in May 2023 ahead of the final plan being published in 2024.

South East Water looks forward to receiving your feedback

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