Environment Agency urge swimmers not to enter Lancs sea weeks after sewage leak

The warning has been issued for Blackpool North, Central, and South today. Cleveleys was issued a warning on Monday (July 17).

Pollution risk forecasts are made every day at these bathing waters.

Forecasts for this location are currently based on measurements of rain, tide and time.

The beach is still open and the advice does not mean you can’t swim. The sites will remain open but there might be an increased risk of getting ill.

A spokesperson for the EA said assessing levels of faecal indicator organisms require a laboratory analysis and days for these to be cultivated so can’t be measured in real time.

It will issue a warning and advice against bathing if the agency becomes aware of a pollution incident or if it forecast that quality is likely to be reduced because of predictable factors like rain, wind or tides.

Warnings are posted on Swimfo and displayed on signs at the beach so bathers can make informed decisions before deciding whether to enter the water.

This warning comes weeks after June thunderstorms caused sewage to leak into the Fylde coast, and swimmers were warned not to swim in the waters for weeks.

Nearly 40mm of rain fell in around two hours on June 12, which meant untreated sewage, mixed with rainwater, was released into the sea.

Vomit-inducing E.Coli was found in the water days later.

A water sample was taken from the Blackpool waters five days ago. A water quality classification will be issued in due course.

The most recent classification was ‘sufficient’ in 2022.


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