Swimmers are being urged not to enter the water in three different areas of Torbay today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality. An interactive map shared by Safer Seas & Rivers Service, which looks at water quality at over 400 locations around UK rivers and coastlines, highlights the locations across the UK which have pollution warnings in place today (Sunday, August 21).
[These releases are ‘typically 95 per cent rainwater’ is what Southern Water says. Don’t think about the residual 5% – Owl]
Chloe Parkman www.devonlive.com
According to the map, Paignton Sands, Preston Sands and Goodrington all have a pollution risk alert in place. A statement on the interactive map reads: “Paignton Preston Sands. Pollution risk warning: bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality.
“Preston Sands is a large, popular sandy beach backed by a large town green and the town of Preston. There is a sewer overflow that discharges at the northern end of the beach from the Preston Green Attenuation Tank.”
Another statement outlining the pollution risk at Paignton Sands reads: “Bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality. Paignton Sands is a long and sandy resort beach with a harbour at the southern end and a pier to the north. There are two sewer overflows located on Paignton Sands – one at the southern end of the beach and another offshore of the harbour.”
A third statement outlining the pollution risk at Goodrington reads: “Bathing not advised today due to the likelihood of reduced water quality. Goodrington is a popular sandy beach resort making up part of the Devon Riviera backed by Goodrington Park Gardens with rock pools at low tide.
“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.”
For more information visit Surfers Against Sewage here.