Friday, 23 May 2014

Latest update (Friday 23 May) - Southern Water discharge

The message for beach users across Thanet’s beautiful bays remains the same this morning (Friday 23 May), the advice, not to enter the water between Walpole Bay in Cliftonville and Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs.
All other beaches across the district are fully open.
This follows an emergency discharge at the Southern Water Foreness Point Sewage Pumping Station on Wednesday night (21 May).
The area affected has extended and now includes the following beaches:
  • Walpole Bay
  • Palm Bay
  • Botany Bay
  • Kingsgate Bay
  • Joss Bay
  • Stone Bay
  • Viking Bay
  • Louisa Bay
  • Dumpton Gap
Signs remain in place at each affected beach advising the public not to go into the sea or to enter the area below the high-tide mark (the sand reached during a high-tide).
Access to the upper area of the beach and the promenades is still permitted and is open to the public, with concessions open for business as usual.
Council cleansing crews were out all day yesterday to clear the shoreline and will be out in force with the surf rake today to clear any further debris washed onto the shore following the high tide.
Southern Water has also deployed a large team of contractors and machinery to assist with the clean-up operation.
The council continues to work alongside the Environment Agency to monitor the situation and water sample tests will continue to be taken to assess water quality at the affected beaches.
The council is hopeful that the water will once again be open to the public on the affected beaches in time for the bank holiday weekend.

Further updates will be provided as soon as possible to keep members of the public informed.

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