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

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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

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