Warning against swimming at beach lifted after sewage pollution

PUBLISHED: 13:56 25 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:56 25 August 2017

Weston beach on a sunny day - hopefully this will be repeated over the bank holiday weekend.

Weston beach on a sunny day - hopefully this will be repeated over the bank holiday weekend.


Visitors to Weston-super-Mare’s beaches are again allowed into the water after safety tests revealed last weekend’s sewage pollution incident is no longer a concern.

Health warnings had been issued by the Environment Agency following a pipe leaking sewage into the River Axe.

Temporary repairs last week by Wessex Water prevented the leak but it meant that the water quality at Sand Bay, Weston beach and Uphill Slipway was poor and therefore the decision was taken to advise swimmers not to enter the water.

The Mercury reported yesterday (Thursday) that tests were being carried out in the hope the warning could be lifted and following positive results experts are happy swimmers are at no risk now.

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