Skip to main content Logo search icon

Warning against people swimming in the sea after sewage "incident"

SA Updated
Warning against people swimming in the sea after sewage "incident"

Blog Tags

Search by Tag
Select existing or new tags and apply to your post.

A "pollution incident" occurred at the Outer Hope Cove pumping station this week, leading to warning signs against swimming in the area. 

The signs were erected on Tuesday, 22 June, by South Hams District Council after a blockage at the South West Water pumping station in the village caused sewage to discharge into the sea. 

The signs read: "WARNING. The use of the sea for recreational purposes is not recommended at present. The sea water at this beach is likely to be contaminated. This notice will be removed when there is no longer a risk to health."

The signs were removed on the morning of Thursday, 24 June. 

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: “The sign warning against people going into the water at Hope Cove was first put up on 22 June (Tuesday) following a pollution incident that occurred at the Outer Hope Cove Pumping station. “A blockage caused the South West Water asset to discharge sewage into the sea.

"The sign was removed this morning (on 24 June) after two tide cycles following the end of the incident; this ensures that any remaining contamination is dispersed. The Environment Agency will follow up with South West Water.”

Image: Hope Cove - wikimedia commons - credit Robin Lucas

User comments

There are no user comments for this listing.

You might also be interested in

Kingsbridge Show announces RNLI Scarecrow Competition for schools and children's groups
Category: General News
Kingsbridge Show has announced a Scarecrow Competition in honour of the 200th anniversary of the RNLI. 
Tributes to man killed in fatal crash on A381
Category: General News
The family of a 31-year-old who died after a road traffic collision on the A3122 have paid tribute to him.
MISSING PERSON: Have you seen Simon Ellis?
Category: General News
Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 53-year-old Simon Ellis, who has been reported missing from the Plymstock area.
Dartmoor National Park revealed as winner of Heritage Project category
Category: General News
The winners of the RICS Awards 2024 in the South West have been revealed and a Dartmoor National Park building project is on the...
If you need scaffolding - get yourself the "megastars of the scaffolding world"!
Category: Members' News
The “megastars of the scaffolding world”, a company with nearly four decades of experience can take on any scaffolding job, big or small. ...
Appeal following series of graffiti in Totnes
Category: General News
Police in Totnes are asking the support of local communities to help identify those responsible for a series of graffiti that has appeared across...