Plymouth Sound swimming ban after sewage discharge

Plymouth Hoe
Image caption Signs have been put up warning swimmers and water users not to go in the sea

People have been warned not to swim in the sea off Plymouth, Devon, over the bank holiday weekend.

The Plymouth City Council warning follows a discharge of sewage from treatment works at Cattedown.

Three of South West Water's (SWW) main pumps were damaged by storms earlier this week.

Urgent repairs are being carried out, but the council said people should not go into the water along the Hoe Foreshore or within the breakwater.

One temporary pump has already been installed and a second will be put in later.

'Risk to health'

No sewage is currently being discharged into the water but tests show there is still some screened waste in Plymouth Sound.

The council said there was a "potential risk to health" and signs have been put up warning swimmers not to go into the water.

The same advice has been issued to marine and water sport companies and users.

Richard Gilpin from South West Water said: "This is a very delicate and difficult repair operation which will take some time.

"Our staff are continuing to work on site to minimise the risk but we believe it is responsible to warn all water users there may be discharges at Cattedown until Plymouth Central is working at normal capacity again."

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