Pollution warnings issued for Devon beaches

More than a dozen beaches lining the Devon coasts have been issued with ‘do not swim’ warnings by an environmental charity.

Including Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton where the alert system hasn’t been working for ages.

Ami Wyllie www.devonlive.com 

According to the Surfers’ Against Sewage water quality map, sewers have been emptied into the water of 13 popular beaches on both the North and South coasts.

Messages on the alerts state that the situation has been made worse or, in some cases, caused by recent heavy rain which battered the county.

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The charity, who campaign against water pollution, advise that swimmers and surfers stay out of the water to avoid getting sick or ingesting sewage.

Warnings are put in place on beaches where a sewer has been ‘discharged’ within 48 hours, often due to heavy rainfall causing an overflow.

(Image: Surfer’s Against Sewage)

Here’s a round-up of the beaches you should avoid and where the sewage is coming from, according to Surfer’s Against Sewage:

Combe Martin

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

A sewer overflow discharges into the Umber River some 30m upstream of the beach with two more discharging further upstream. Other discharges from the surrounding urban area may also affect water quality particularly after heavy rainfall.

Woolacombe

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

A sewer overflow discharges to the sea just under 700m to the NW of the beach. Other forms of discharge may flow into the Woolacombe Stream and may affect bathing water.

Goodrington

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

There is one sewer overflow discharging directly onto the beach in the middle of Goodrington while another discharges 500m upstream in the Goodrington Stream that then meets the sea towards the southern end of the beach.

Paignton Sands

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

There are two sewer overflows located on Paignton Sands – one at the southern end of the beach and another offshore of the harbour.

Westward Ho!

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

A sewer overflow discharges to the sea at Nose Rock at the southern end of the beach while the Tawe/Torridge estuary also receives overflows from the surrounding urban area which may affect water quality especially after heavy rainfall.

Preston Sands

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

There is a sewer overflow that discharges at the northern end of the beach from the Preston Green Attenuation Tank.

Torre Abbey

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

There is a sewer overflow in the urban catchment directly behind the beach that discharges into the Torre Abbey stream.

Teignmouth Town

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

A sewer overflow at the railway station discharges northeast of the beach.

Shaldon

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

Shaldon is located on the west side of the Teign estuary.

There is a sewer overflow on the other side of the estuary, some 220m away.

Teignmouth Holcombe

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

A sewer overflow discharges into the Holcombe Stream 40m upstream of the beach.

Dawlish Coryton Cove

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

A sewer overflow discharges over the rocks at the southern end of the beach.

Exmouth

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

There is a sewer overflow discharging through an outfall to the south east which may affect bathing water quality especially after heavy rainfall.

Budleigh Salterton

Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

There are three sewer overflows in the area, one discharges directly onto the beach, another 400m east and another that discharges 1.3km away into the sea.

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