Swimmers are being warned to remain out of the water at greater than 50 of Britain’s seashores as water firms pump sewage into the ocean.
Marketing campaign group Surfers Towards Sewage (SAS) has created an interactive map of the UK coastline which reveals air pollution threat warnings in place in dozens of places.
Spots all alongside the south coast, together with Bognor Regis, Yarmouth, Exmouth, and Newquay, have all been impacted simply as households take pleasure in summer time holidays and the latest sweltering temperatures.
The Surroundings Company (EA) has issued air pollution alerts throughout the nation. One in every of north Devon’s hottest seashores, Saunton Sands, was categorised as unsafe to swim in resulting from “air pollution from sewage”.
Corporations discharged uncooked sewage into rivers in England greater than 400,000 occasions final 12 months, in accordance with EA figures.
“All through the washing season, each day air pollution threat forecasts are made for various bathing waters the place water high quality could also be briefly diminished to components, corresponding to heavy rainfall, wind or the tide,” a spokesperson stated.
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The EA permits water utilities to launch sewage into rivers and streams after excessive climate occasions, corresponding to extended heavy rain to guard properties from flooding and forestall effluent backing up into streets and houses.
However till this week, the UK has been bone dry for greater than a month and a spokeswoman for SAS stated different air pollution warnings in place will not be linked to heavy rain. She suggested these visiting the coast to examine the SAS web site earlier than they swim.
In a single viral video posted to Twitter, sewage will be seen within the sea at Seaford in east Sussex.
The gray polluted water creates a transparent dividing line the place it meets the unpolluted sea water.
Martyn Craddock, who posted the clip, wrote: “Uncooked sewage pumped into sea right now at Seaford, east Sussex after storm. Yep… that’s a Marine Protected Space. 1000s swimming right here simply yesterday. Horrendous.”
Southern Water, one of many firms answerable for among the worst affected areas, stated in a press release: “There have been thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain the night time earlier than final and yesterday.
“Storm releases had been made to guard houses, colleges and companies from flooding.
“The discharge is 95-97 per cent rainwater and so shouldn’t be described as uncooked sewage.
“We all know prospects don’t like that the trade has to depend on these [discharges] to guard them, and we’re pioneering a brand new strategy.”