South West Water Sewage Spills Being Investigated

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stivesAn investigation is underway regarding a series of sewage spills that have caused a beauty spot in Cornwall to close down. The sewage have apparently polluted the waters at Godrevy in West Cornwall three times so far this summer. Two incidents happened on Thursday 26th June and Saturday 28th June.

Following on from the incident that occurred on Thursday 26th June, lifeguards in the area decided to red flag the area which is a popular surfing destination for locals and tourists alike. The closure was due to overflowing sewage that spilled into the Red River which leads to St. Ives Bay and Towans.

There was also concerns that this overflow of sewage could affect the quality of bathing water for people in the area. These claims came from the website Beach Live which provides updates based on information gathered from South West Water and the Environmental Agency.

South West Water blamed the spill on Saturday 28th June on heavy rain. It is not yet clear what caused the first one to happen.

The group Surfers Against Sewage sent out text messages to people in the area warning about pollution that might arise from the spillage. A spokesperson for Surfers Against Sewage, Andy Cummins, said it was just one of many alerts they have had to send around the country this summer.

He said:

It is absolutely unacceptable that on a gorgeous sunny day when people are down on the beach, they have they day ruined by sewage discharge. We need a sewage system which can cope with our natural weather.

South West Water responded to the concerns about the sewage leak via their social media account on Twitter. The utility provider said:

Re Godrevy, due to heavy rain in the Camborne area, our sewers were overwhelmed, resulting in the overflow yesterday. Our investigations are ongoing, but as far as we can tell, all systems worked as they should, resulting in a compliant discharge.

South West Water is based in Devon and provides drinking water and waste water services to areas throughout the county. It also services small areas of Dorset and Somerset too. It took over several public utilities companies in the mid 1970s including the following: Cornwall River Authority; Devon River Authority; Avon and Dorset River Authority; Plymouth County Borough Corporation; East Cornwall Water Board; East Devon Water Board; North Devon Water Board; South Cornwall Water Board and West Cornwall Water Board.

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