July Sewage Pollution in South West England

There have been a few dry days to begin the month of July, but that has now changed. Here how South West Water’s “WaterFit Live” map looks this afternoon. Note the new format:

On the south coast of Devon there’s an ongoing sewage pollution incident in Plymouth, and others earlier in the day at Dawlish and Budleigh Salterton:

[Update – July 6th]

Here is this morning’s WaterFit Live map:

Sticking with the south coast of Devon for the moment, there have been further “spills” at Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Meadfoot Beach in Torbay, Darmouth and Salcombe:

Further west in Cornwall there have also been problems at Fowey, Charlestown and Penzance:

Rounding Land’s End and travelling along the north coast of Cornwall, South West Water’s CSO monitors have been active at Portreath, Newquay, Mawgan Porth and Crackington Haven:

Finally closer to home on the north coast there’s sewage in the sea at Bude, Westward Ho!, Woolacombe and Lynmouth:

[Update – July 9th]

After heavy rain overnight the Environment Agency has issued “Advice against bathing” warnings due to a “pollution risk” at numerous beaches around the coast of Devon and Cornwall. The WaterFit Live map is covered in CSO activation notifications, the majority of which are along the south coast:

There are far too many sewage pollution incidents to cover them all in detail, so let’s take one example from each Parliamentary constituency for each new Member of Parliament.

Here’s Honiton and Sidmouth, for the attention of Richard Foord MP. Plus the extreme west of West Dorset for Edward Morello MP:

Exmouth and Exeter East, for the attention of David Reed MP:

Newton Abbot, for the attention of Martin Wrigley MP:

Torbay, for the attention of Steve Darling MP:

South Devon, for the attention of Caroline Voaden MP:

South West Devon, for the attention of Rebecca Smith MP:

Plymouth, for the attention of Luke Pollard MP and Fred Thomas MP:

South East Cornwall, for the attention of Anna Gelderd MP:

St Austell and Newquay, for the attention of Noah Law MP:

Truro and Falmouth, for the attention of Jayne Kirkham MP:

St Ives, for the attention of Andrew George MP:

Camborne and Redruth, for the attention of Perran Moon MP:

North Cornwall, for the attention of Ben Maguire MP:

North Devon, for the attention of Ian Roome MP:

Last but not least comes our local MP in Torridge and Tavistock, Sir Geoffrey Cox KC MP. Sir Geoffrey retained his seat in Parliament despite the “Labour landslide” on July 4th, and the only designated bathing beach in his constituency is at Westward Ho! See above for details of the most recent sewage “spill” there, on July 6th.

However note that as part of the recent redesign of the “Water quality” section of their web site South West Water now provide near real time updates on combined sewer overflow activations on inland rivers. Here’s a couple of screenshots of today’s storm overflow map, in the vicinity of Westward Ho! and in our own corner of Torridge near Holsworthy:

To be continued…

Jim Hunt

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