3.4 Water Quality


What we do as an organisation

Water is an important natural resource so we try to use as little as possible across our nine marinas. We monitor water supplied against consumption at each site and encourage good practice for all those using water within the marinas and boatyards.

We undertake monthly temperature monitoring of outlets and bacterial testing in compliance with Legionnaires regulations, which includes cold water storage and calorifiers.

Pump out and or sluice facilities for the safe disposal of “black water” from boat holding tanks are available and operational at all our sites, reducing the risk of black water waste being discharged into our marinas or the sea. 

Our boatyards are fitted with waste water interceptors/sumps which filter the waste water from pressure washing boats prior to its return to the watercourse or the sewer system.

We are currently undertaking a review of all of our wash down areas with a view to making improvements.

Water Quality
Water Quality

Consideration is being given to adding filtration elements to existing systems and complete ‘closed’ wash down filtration systems which will in turn also reduce the amount of water used for ‘washing down’ boats.

These types of systems utilise the same ‘recycled’ water with replenishment only usually occurring due to evaporation.

In 2018, Premier installed a Seabin at both Port Solent and Southsea Marinas, as part of an ongoing commitment into investing in greater environmental sustainability and reducing waste in the ocean, including plastics. Seabins are floating rubbish bins, which collect floating debris in the water.


On retrieval from the water, the material from the Seabins’ catch bags is sorted to extract recyclable materials, including plastics, which are sent to re-processors.  Both Port Solent and Southsea’s Seabins are emptied twice a day by the marina teams

What can you do as an individual?

Please reflect on how you can help Premier Marinas to follow good practice when using water within the marinas and boatyards.

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