Beach users have been advised not to go into the sea or the area of beach below the high water mark today at several places along the Kent coast.
Swimmers have been told they should not go into the water at Botany Bay, Joss Bay or Viking Bay all in the Broadstairs area. According to Southern Water’s Beach Buoy webpage Fulsam Rock and Walpole Bay in Margate are also affected.
The warning has been issued following Southern Water announcing an unscreened wastewater release into the sea. It is thought that the high rainfall last night has contributed to a large overflow of sewage.
In June this year, beachgoers were advised to stay out of the water at 11 Thanet beaches and bays following a wastewater release at the Southern Water Foreness Wastewater Pumping stop overnight June 16/17 due to a lightning strike and heavy rainfall. People were advised to stay out of the sea for 6 days.
In July this year, Southern Water was fined a record £90million for illegally dumping raw sewage into the sea. It appears that the company are once again dumping sewage into our seas.
Last month Southern Water agreed to commission a complete drainage survey of Margate and the surrounding areas in order to enhance resilience of Foreness Point pumping stop. The survey, estimated to come at a cost of some £400,000, will record all of the water pathways that contribute surface water and rain water to the drainage system. It will also estimate the amount of water which is additional to the system during storm periods.
council bosses have cALLED the situation an “environmental and financial disaster“
Untreated sewage is typically screened and passed by storage tanks before it is dumped. release permits issued by the ecosystem Agency specify the level of sewage each works has to treat before it can dump untreated sewage.
Thanet Council are currently awaiting further information from Southern Water and are working with the ecosystem Agency (South East) to understand the impact of todays incident.
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