Weston beach water may not be safe for bank holiday after sewage pollution

PUBLISHED: 16:52 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:52 24 August 2017

A leaky sewage pipe in Somerset has led to problems at Weston beach. Picture: Eddie Hancock (iwitness24)

A leaky sewage pipe in Somerset has led to problems at Weston beach. Picture: Eddie Hancock (iwitness24)

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The Environment Agency says it is still warning visitors to Weston-super-Mare’s beaches to stay out of the water because of sewage pollution – and the ban may remain in place for the bank holiday weekend.

A leaking sewage pipe was partially fixed over the weekend but because of contamination a health warning has been put in place for three beaches.

People are being told not to enter the water at Weston’s main beach or at Uphill Slipway and Sand Bay until tests prove it is safe.

Initial estimations suggested the issue would be rectified by today (Thursday), but the Environment Agency said that has not fully happened.

They said: “A sewage leak near Brean Cross on the River Axe is continuing to impact on beaches at Weston where members of the public have been advised not to swim in the sea.

“Sampling suggests the situation is improving at two local beaches. However, a third beach (Sand Bay) still appears to be affected by the pollution.

“The result of the latest sample is expected this afternoon.

“Another sample will be taken today with monitoring continuing up until the bank holiday when a decision will be taken as to whether to keep warning signs in place.”

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