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Heavy rainfall causes sewage to flow onto Cornish beaches

Heavy rainfall causes sewage to flow onto Cornish beaches

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:30pm 11th June 2019. (Updated at 2:20pm 11th June 2019)

A warning has gone out about sewage flowing onto beaches around the Cornish coast.

Surfers Against Sewage says it is down to the heavy rainfall.

The St Agnes based charity says it is posing a health risk to beach users in the Duchy.

It comes as Cornwall is braced for another day of downpours, with the risk of flooding.

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Heavy rainfall is causing sewage to flow onto beaches

Kernow Weather Team is also predicting some thunderstorms and gales of up to 50mph on the coasts.

There have been 185 sewer overflows and 268 pollution risk warnings around the UK coast over the past four days.

You can check your local beach with the interactive map.

"Untreated sewage and wastewater frequently discharges from thousands of sewer overflows around the UK, sometimes significantly reducing water quality.

"When these events occur, Surfers Against Sewage is automatically notified by the water company and issues a real-time sewage alert through the Safer Seas Service so surfers, swimmers and other beach users can avoid this potentially harmful pollution incident.

sewage water
People are being urged not to get into the sea because of the health risk

"Water quality can also be reduced by heavy rainfall causing the input of multiple, often unidentified pollution sources, including road, urban and agricultural run-off and leakage from septic tanks.

"When these sources combine, they can often have a significant impact on water quality."

Surfers Against Sewage

The charity is encouraging people to download its Safer Seas app so they can be alerted with sewage discharges occur.

"Today will be very wet and windy, as we are going to some rather nasty conditions for this time of year.

"Some torrential rain may cause localised flooding due to already saturated ground.

"Large areas of standing water and spray from roads will cause poor driving conditions throughout the Duchy.

"Accompanied by straightening winds which will be gusting up to 45 - 50 mph especially exposed coasts, hills and higher ground.

"There may even be the odd rumble of thunder thrown in.

"Evening and overnight we will continue to see further outbreaks of rain so I'm sorry, summer is on hold".

Kernow Weather Team

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