On Saturday, 26th July at 1.30pm the local beach community and Surfers Against Sewage will be taking part in an action against South West Water’s repeated sewage discharges. Together we will call on South West Water to STOP discharging untreated human sewage at Godrevy. The community felt compelled to act, after South West Water discharged sewage three times in a two week period during June/July 2014 , which directly affected surfers, bathers and businesses. These discharges were reported by SAS via the Sewage Alert Service.
ACTION: Saturday, 26th July 2014, Godrevy Beach, next to the Red River at 1:30pm -2:15pm members of the local community and Surfers Against Sewage campaigners in wetsuits will gather on the beach with placards and banners calling for South West Water to STOP polluting the environment. Please join us if you feel this is unacceptable! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Sewer overflows are used as an emergency discharge to help alleviate storm water and untreated sewage when the system becomes close to bursting. We believe these sewer overflows should only ever be used after extreme rainfall events. However the local community are adamant these sewage discharges are happening far too frequently with unacceptable consequences.
The clear indication is that there are maintenance problems or other serious deficiencies in the waste water treatment system. We are also concerned the Environment Agency sampling programme is misleading at Gwithian because they are taken from an area of the beach that avoids the impacts of the Red River and South West Water’s sewage discharges.
Please sign and share my petition which already has over 3,600 signatures in 1 week and join us at Gwithian beach on July 26th at 2pm to highlight the level of concern and show your support.
This is the 21st century and we do not live in a third world country so how can it be acceptable that South West Water can allow untreated sewage on to our beaches.
Local resident, beach user and business woman Karin Howey
The community are sending a clear message to South West Water, this level of repeat polluting is unacceptable. There are easy and obvious solutions and it’s now time for South West Water to listen to SAS and the community and stop treating the environment as a dumping ground.
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins