On Saturday, 26th July at 2pm Surfer's Against Sewage (SAS) will be organising a demonstration with the support of the local community, calling on South West Water to STOP discharging untreated human sewage at Godrevy. After South West Water discharged sewage three times in a two week period during June and July 2014, which directly affected my family and business. Myself and the guests staying at my chalet all had severe stomach bugs after swimming and surfing in the polluted sea.
At 2pm, next to the Red River at Gwithian Beach, members of the local community and Surfers Against Sewage campaigners in wetsuits will gather on the beach with placards and banners calling for South Wet Water to stop polluting the environment.
Sewer overflows are used as an emergency discharge and help alleviate storm water and untreated waste water when the system becomes close to bursting, but these sewer overflows should only ever be used after extreme rainfall events. However this is happening far too frequently with unacceptable consequences. Recently we have been enjoying dry sunny weather and recent rainfall records back this up, so why have our beaches had an increased number of raw sewage discharges?
The clear indication is that there are maintenance problems or other serious deficiencies in the waste water treatment system. The Environment Agency are consistently telling us that their samples have passed water quality tests and our bathing water is of a high standard, but in fact there are major flaws in the testing process itself. SAS strongly believe that the water quality samples are returning misleading results 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.
As we rely heavily on tourism in the South West, highlighting the sewage in our bathing water could be seen as counterproductive, but there needs to be change and action. South West Water, The Environment Agency and the public all need to work together to protect our coastline and the health of people using the sea, but ultimately the responsibility lies with South West Water, who charge us the highest water rates in the country.
Please sign and share the petition which already has over 3,600 signatures in 1 week and join SAS at Gwithian beach on July 26th at 2pm to highlight the level of concern and show your support.
Local resident, beach user and business woman Karin Howey says: “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.”
SAS Campaign Director, Andy Cummins says: “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.”
Click HERE to sign the petition.