May Sewage Pollution in South West England

The May bank holiday is rapidly approaching, RNLI lifeguards are now patrolling the beaches of Devon and Cornwall and the Environment Agency has started issuing pollution risk warnings for designated bathing beaches. Here’s how their map looks today:

Here too is today’s WaterFit Live map from South West Water:

Meadfoot beach in Torbay isn’t “red flagged” on SWW’s map, but according to the Environment Agency there has been a sewage pollution incident affecting the beach today:

[Update – May 6th]

Here is this morning’s WaterFit Live map:


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South West Water Spills More Sewage

Here’s what South West Water’s WaterFit Live map looked like on the morning of April 20th:

The combined sewer overflow activation at Portreath finished in the early hours of the morning:

That was followed by a sewage “spill” at Fowey on April 22nd:

Since then we’ve had a few dry days. However, after an all too brief interlude there’s been a bit of rain over the last two days. It therefore comes as no surprise to impart the news that all of a sudden there are several orange pushpins on this afternoon’s WaterFit Live map. revealing plenty of sewage pollution along the south coasts of Devon and Cornwall once again:


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