Jun 29, 2020

East Yorkshire Coast Residents Avoid Swimming Due to Water Pollution

People have been urged not to swim in the sea off the East Yorkshire coast due to fears about water pollution.

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The Environment Agency issued a warning for the area around Withernsea, a seaside resort town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, due to pollution caused by the construction of a new waste water pipe.

According to the agency, it has suspended water quality monitoring until September due to an "abnormal situation" because of the work, reported BBC News.

The pipe is being built by Yorkshire Water and cost approximately $32 million. According to Yorkshire Water, the existing wastewater treatment plant was being moved further inland due to coastal erosion.

Yorkshire Water's Withernsea Wastewater Treatment Works is now just 40 meters from the sea, reported the Yorkshire Post. When it was last upgraded in 1991 it was 168 meters away from the cliff edge.

"Dredging is currently underway and the activity can stir up sediment from the seabed, which could potentially lead to reduced water quality while the activity is taking place," said a spokesperson for Yorkshire Water. "The Environment Agency has been informed of the work under way and as a duty of care it has informed the public of the possible impact on bathing water in the area."

The agency advises against bathing because of the potential impact on water quality due to the dredging that is being undertaken. 

Construction of the 1.9-mile sea outfall pipe is expected to be finished by October, reported BBC. In October it will begin taking flows from the existing plant on the cliff edge.

“This is a substantial investment in the Withernsea area and we’ve previously given assurances that the new treatment works are not expected to have any impact on residents in respect of noise and odor,” said Mark Allsop, Yorkshire Water.

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