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Warning to beach-goers over sewage in the sea

Warning to beach-goers over sewage in the sea

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:09am 19th August 2019. (Updated at 9:26am 19th August 2019)

A warning has gone out to beach goers in Cornwall because of pollution in the water.

Surfers Against sewage says storm sewage has been discharged from sewer overflows around the Cornish coast.

People are being urged not to enter the water in affected areas because of the health risk.

Over the past few days problems have been reported at the likes of Long Rock, Pentewan, Par, Millendreath, Seaton, Summerleaze, Crooklets, Mawgan Porth and Porth.

Check all the latest updates below.

You can check the water quality at your local beach on the map.

"South West Water’s voluntary bathing water information service, BeachLive, provides free alerts to beach managers, the Environment Agency and Surfers Against Sewage for beaches in Devon and Cornwall when stormwater overflows may temporarily affect bathing water quality, so informed decisions can be taken.

"During heavy rain, stormwater overflows may operate to protect people and property from internal sewer flooding. The impact of this heavily diluted stormwater is shortlived and bathing waters are only impacted during the kind of weather we experienced at the weekend."

South West Water

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"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.

"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

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