Weston beach ‘polluted by sewage’ - public told not to enter the water

PUBLISHED: 10:22 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:31 21 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.

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People are being urged not to enter the water at Weston-super-Mare beach or Uphill Slipway following a ‘pollution incident’ involving sewage over the weekend.

The Environment Agency and North Somerset Council have this morning (Monday) made the public warning on safety grounds.

On its website, the Environment Agency says: “This incident has been identified as an abnormal situation and water quality monitoring has been suspended. “Monitoring will resume once the incident is over.”

It says it expects the restrictions to remain in place until Wednesday.

Wessex Water says the problems stemmed from a faulty pipe leaking.

Its spokesman said: “We have been carrying out emergency repairs during the weekend to a sewerage pipe that was leaking under the River Axe.

“We immediately stopped the flow to prevent sewage entering the river and met with the Environment Agency on site.

“As a precautionary measure, and to check any effect on the environment, our scientific team took samples from the river and beach which are being analysed. The results will be given to the Environment Agency.

“Tankers were used to maintain sewerage services during the weekend. Temporary pipework is now in place over the River Axe and work is under way to permanently fix the damaged pipe.

“We apologise to any local people who may have noticed extra traffic movement in the area during the weekend while we were carrying out the emergency repairs.”

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