The sewage discharge map shows if there is sewage in the sea near you


It is currently unsafe to swim at a number of beaches across the country due to sewage spills, a map from a campaign group has revealed.

Surfers Against Sewage has put together a map of recent sewage discharges that shows the water quality in your area – and if it’s polluted.

A number of beaches across the UK are currently unsafe for swimming due to pollution.

It comes as Labor has accused the government of allowing water companies to ‘cut corners’.

Here’s everything you need to know:

How did my MP vote on wastewater?

MPs recently voted on discharging raw sewage into rivers and seas in October 2021.

A Lords proposal to the Environment Bill that would have imposed legal obligations on companies to reduce discharges was defeated by 265 votes to 202.

Where is it safe to swim in the UK?

The Surfers Against Sewage map shows areas with poor water quality due to sewage spills.

The the full map is available on the group’s site, it is updated regularly – here is the latest as of September 2.

Our sister site Sussex World reported on local fury over sewage being pumped into water near beaches last week.

SEAFORD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: A pier under which raw sewage was believed to have been discharged after heavy rain on August 17, 2022 in Seaford, England. The Environment Agency has issued pollution alerts across the UK after recent heavy rain and flooding affected water quality. Sewers overflow into the sea and rivers when sewage treatment plants are overwhelmed by torrential rains, otherwise they would spill into the streets or back up into toilets. Environmental campaign group Surfers Against Sewage reported that raw sewage had been discharged into beach waters in Sussex, Cornwall, Devon, Essex, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland and Cumbria. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The currently dangerous areas as of September 2

Cornwall

  • Gyllyngvase Beach – Pollution Alert: Storm water has been released from a sewer overflow at this location in the last 48 hours
  • Porthluney – Pollution risk warning: swimming not recommended today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality

sussex

  • Bexhill – Pollution risk warning: swimming not recommended today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality
  • Lancing, Beach Green – Pollution Hazard Warning: Swimming not recommended today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality
  • Saltdean – Pollution Alert: Storm water has been released from a sewer overflow at this location in the past 48 hours
  • Seaford – Pollution Alert: Storm water has been released from a sewer overflow at this location in the past 48 hours
  • Worthing – Pollution risk warning: Swimming not recommended today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality

Teesside

  • Seaton Carew North – Pollution Alert: Storm water has been released from a sewer overflow at this location in the last 48 hours

Who are Surfers Against Sewage?

On its website, SAS states, “We are a community dedicated to protecting the oceans, waves, beaches and wildlife. We fight long and hard to protect what we love and we won’t stop until it’s completely clean, safe and protected for everyone, forever.

“From our humble beginnings at Porthtowan Village Hall in 1990, we have stayed close to our roots and continue to be based just up the road at our headquarters in St Agnes, where we can keep an eye out to sea.

“There are only 20 of us working in the office full time, but it’s really thanks to people like you who support our work through membership donations, volunteering, signing petitions, shopping in our boutique and spreading the word that allows our impact to be widely felt.”

Government defends ‘cruel joke’ sewage dumping plan

The environment secretary has defended the government’s new plan to clamp down on damaging sewage spills after critics called the proposals a ‘cruel joke’.

George Eustice said he was the first Secretary of State to ‘really grasp’ the problem after ministers announced water companies would have to invest £56billion over 25 years to tackle the impact of overflows storm on the seas and rivers of England.

But the proposals have drawn criticism from conservation campaigners, who say the plan aims simply to “return to what should have already been ‘the status quo'”.

The government has said companies will face new targets to ‘revolutionize our sewage system’, including improving all overflows discharging into or near each designated bathing water, and 75 per cent of those discharging to high priority sites by 2035.

By 2050, no storm surges will be allowed to operate outside of exceptionally heavy rainfall or cause negative ecological damage.

But The Rivers Trust accused ministers of a ‘lack of ambition and clarity for the sector’.

“Far from revolutionizing the sewerage system, as the plan claims, this plan aims to return to what should already have been ‘business as usual’ by 2050 – with sewer overflows only operating during storms. ‘exceptional rainy events at that time,’ said the charity.

Advocacy and Engagement Director Christine Colvin added: “The requirement for this plan in the Environment Act has given the government a great opportunity to right the wrongs on weak regulation and take the lead. .

“It should have presented an open goal for a fresh start to stop sewage pollution in my lifetime. Instead, they scored an own goal.

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