Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Southern Water discharge at Foreness Point – Council statement

Thanet District Council is advising members of the public not to enter the water on the beaches between Walpole Bay and Dumpton Gap. This follows a sea outfall discharge from the Southern Water Sewerage Pumping Stations at Foreness Point  and Broadstairs last night (Monday 28 July/Tuesday 29 July).
At present this includes:
  • Walpole Bay
  • Palm Bay
  • Botany Bay
  • Kingsgate Bay
  • Joss Bay
  • Stone Bay
  • Viking Bay
  • Louisa Bay
  • Dumpton Gap
This is a precautionary measure whilst further investigation takes place.
Signs are now displayed at each of the beaches affected advising members of the public not to enter the area of beach below the high water mark (the sand reached during a high-tide). Access to the remainder of the beach is still permitted and remains open to the public.
Council officers are out on site around the Thanet coastline to monitor the impact and will update members of the public as soon as the situation changes.
The council is working with the Environment Agency to reduce the impact of the spillages as much as possible and water sample tests will be carried out in the areas affected today to assess the quality of the water. Southern Water have contractors out clearing the waterline.
The council is keen to reassure members of the public that other beaches across the district are fully open and will advise if the area affected extends to any other beaches.
Further information will be provided in due course.

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