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Thursday, 22 May 2014
Latest update - Southern Water discharge at Foreness Point
Beach users are still being advised not to enter the water on a number of Thanet’s beaches following an emergency discharge at the Southern Water Foreness Point Sewage Pumping Station last night (Wednesday 21 May).
The area affected has extended from Walpole Bay to Dumpton Gap.
The beaches affected include:
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. Access to the remainder of the beach and promenades however is still permitted and remains open to the public, with concessions open for business as usual.
Cleansing crews have been out all day to clear the shoreline and will be out early tomorrow morning (Friday 23 May) with the surf-rake following the high-tide to continue the clean-up operation.
Southern Water will also have contractors out again to assist with litter picking and cleansing of the shoreline.
The council has been working alongside the Environment Agency today to monitor the situation and water sample tests will continue to be taken to assess water quality at the affected beaches.
The council is keen to reassure members of the public that other beaches across the district are fully open.
This advice remains in place for the duration of tonight (Thursday 22 May).
An update will be provided tomorrow morning (Friday 23 May) at approximately 9am.