It is with much relief that the greening of Bartley Water isn’t apparently a pollution incident after all!
The Environment Agency quickly investigated what appeared to be antifreeze or some other bright green coloured pollutant in Bartley Water, but it turned out to be a harmless dye used by a local company to check their drains.
On this occasion, all is well.
However, only last week there was a diesel spillage in the same stretch of water.
Thanks to the member of the public that alerted me and to the Environment Agency who investigated so promptly.
If nothing else, it shows we care about our local river and are “hot on the case” if anything is suspected.
Here is the EA report:
“The Environment Agency is aware of a discolouration that occurred in Bartley Water at Rum Green in Totton.
Our Environment Officers visited the site on the evening of Thursday 1 February to investigate, and again this morning (Friday 2 February).
There have been no impacts to the environment observed from the discolouration.
A local business has confirmed they were using a harmless dye whilst conducting a routine drainage survey.
The stream has now returned to its normal colour.
“If any member of the public sees pollution in a watercourse, we would ask them to report it to us by calling 0800 807 060.”
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