Kent has seen more sewage dump into the sea off its coast after heavy rains over the past weekend (October 2-3).
Southern Water, the company that serves much of the southeast, has confirmed that a number of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) have occurred along the Kent coast following recent downpours.
Southern Water’s “BeachBuoy” map shows the extent of these releases, with Sheppey, Swale, Thanet and Folkestone all having seen sewage spills in the past 24 hours.
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Deal, Ramsgate and Margate have all seen exits in the past 72 hours as well.
These discharges are legal under environmental law and are intended to prevent sewage from flowing back into homes by releasing a combination of recent rain and sewage into the sea.
A spokesperson for Southern Water said: “People know this is happening because we tell them – but it has always happened.
“It’s not something we choose to do, it’s something we have to do to protect homes.
“If we didn’t, it would go up through the network, manhole covers [would] blow, and it would end up coming out through sinks, toilets and showers, etc.
According to the Southern Water website, the company cannot make recommendations on the safety of water where diluted wastewater has been discharged – because Beachbuoy is a release reporting tool rather than a discharge warning system. water safety.
The spokesperson also clarified that the discharges were not raw sewage:
“It’s important not to talk about raw sewage – if raw sewage is being released, it’s not allowed, and that’s a problem.
“But when we produce storm releases, it is authorized by the Environment Agency and must be done to protect homes.”
Here is a full list of beaches and coastline that have currently seen a confirmed litter release in the past three days, with areas that have seen a release in the past 24 hours (as of October 5, 2021), marked as fat:
Whitstable and Herne Bay
West Beach Whitstable
Herne Bay Center
Margate Fulsam Rock
Deal, Dover and Folkestone