Fury as overflow pipe dumps sewage into Dorset seas for 25 hours

Fury as raw sewage discharged into Bournemouth's blue flag waters

Fury as raw sewage discharged into Bournemouth's blue flag waters

First published in News

RAW sewage has been regularly discharged in the sea off Dorset’s award-winning beaches over the last few weeks because of recent wet weather.

Campaigners are now calling for the practice to stop, claiming that bacteria and viruses in the sewage threaten the health of surfers, swimmers and other water users.

Combined sewer outflows (CSOs) act as relief valves in heavy rain, carrying a mixture of surface and foul water into rivers or the sea.

Although those that discharge into designated bathing waters should only go off three times a year at most, Wessex Water’s records show several in Dorset were repeatedly triggered – sometimes for several hours at a time – in a single week.

Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, Hengistbury Head, Sandbanks, Avon Beach at Christchurch, Swanage, Rockley Sands in Hamworthy, Lodmoor in Weymouth and Charmouth in West Dorset were all affected between June 4 and 13.

The blackspot was Avon Beach, where the outflow was set off a dozen times during the week – on one occasion apparently discharging diluted sewage for nearly 25 hours on June 7 and 8. Its monitoring equipment is now being checked.

Purbeck-based environmentalist Steve Trewellha said: “Every time it rains, we’re ending up with completely untreated sewage in the sea. It doesn’t clear up that quickly. The issue is sewage-related pathogens in the water, such as e-coli.

“Putting the pipe out to sea doesn’t make it go away. CSOs normally go off in winter when there aren’t many people in the water, but it’s June now and they’re still going off.”

Researchers at San Diego University found one cigarette butt contaminates 7.5 litres of water badly enough to make it lethal for marine life.

Andy Cummins, campaign director of Surfers Against Sewage, said water quality standards were “woefully outdated”.

He pointed out that hepatitis A could survive for 90 days in salt water and e-coli for 30 days.

Even at beaches meeting the highest standards, surfers had a one in 20 chance of contracting gastro-enteritis.

A spokesman for Wessex Water said: “Our overflows are licensed to operate by the Environment Agency. The licence specifies how much flow must pass through the system before a spill occurs.

“The flows are very diluted.

“In the last three years 36 out of 37 south coast beaches in the Wessex Water region have met the highest water quality standards.”

Alan Brown, Bournemouth Council’s Seafront Operations Manager, said: “The latest bathing quality report from May 25 shows that our bathing waters meet the most stringent guideline standards – therefore we have no concerns at this time.”

What you said

George Shepherd, 67, visiting for the day from Salisbury, a retired RAC worker, said: “It’s nothing to worry about. I have been in the sea today.

“I don’t think the pollution is that bad from what I have seen. I can understand why people are concerned but I have seen nothing untoward.”

Callie Eveson, 9, visiting for the day from near Dudley, said: “I worries me because if the water gets really dirty you could ill.

“The water seems nice though. I think the company should be building more sewers.”

Lorraine Higham, 53, down for a fortnight from Ledbury, said: “I don’t think they should be putting it into the sea. I think they should be keeping it clean.

“It looks quite clean around there though and I think the risks are probably quite low. I would still go in.”

Alice Bowen, 21, from Wimborne, a trainee teacher, said: “I think the Wessex Water plant is overworked. I used to go to school next door and it absolutely stinks.

“They probably need more investment in their system. It’s a health concern for families using the beach.”

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8:07am Fri 22 Jun 12

fedupwithfedupjobsworths says...

So the alternative is the better option, flooding raw sewage in the streets ?? I think not. This only happens when we get a lot of heavy rain which we have at the moment.
So the alternative is the better option, flooding raw sewage in the streets ?? I think not. This only happens when we get a lot of heavy rain which we have at the moment. fedupwithfedupjobsworths
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8:11am Fri 22 Jun 12

davecook says...

The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself......
The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself...... davecook
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8:22am Fri 22 Jun 12

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

The Licence should also require that the public are notified when such an event 'could' happen with notices on the beach when it has happened; as there sometimes is when there is oil on the beach. We get severe weather warnings, pollen forecasts and UV sun light warnings via the media, so why not 'sewage in the sea warnings' if public health is at risk!
The Licence should also require that the public are notified when such an event 'could' happen with notices on the beach when it has happened; as there sometimes is when there is oil on the beach. We get severe weather warnings, pollen forecasts and UV sun light warnings via the media, so why not 'sewage in the sea warnings' if public health is at risk! The-Bleeding-Obvious
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8:30am Fri 22 Jun 12

Jurasicle says...

The pump at Branksome Chine car park can be heard pumping the hottest days. It's not just the rain, it's the massive amount of tourist poo.
The pump at Branksome Chine car park can be heard pumping the hottest days. It's not just the rain, it's the massive amount of tourist poo. Jurasicle
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8:34am Fri 22 Jun 12

penhale says...

davecook wrote:
The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself......
We had a massive soakaway built years ago for rainwater and we also use water butts, perhaps its about time everybody did this, after all it does lower your water bills if your rainwater doesn't enter the sewage system.
The water companies must share some of the blame, every year our bills increase because of the cost of upgrading the sewage system so this should be happening less not more.
Some body commented above that they had not noticed any pollution in the sea, slightly daft comment, pollution is not always visible until someone becomes ill or even worse dies.
So much for blue flag beaches, come to Bournemouth and swim with turd filled seas, what and great tourist attraction.
[quote][p][bold]davecook[/bold] wrote: The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself......[/p][/quote]We had a massive soakaway built years ago for rainwater and we also use water butts, perhaps its about time everybody did this, after all it does lower your water bills if your rainwater doesn't enter the sewage system. The water companies must share some of the blame, every year our bills increase because of the cost of upgrading the sewage system so this should be happening less not more. Some body commented above that they had not noticed any pollution in the sea, slightly daft comment, pollution is not always visible until someone becomes ill or even worse dies. So much for blue flag beaches, come to Bournemouth and swim with turd filled seas, what and great tourist attraction. penhale
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8:35am Fri 22 Jun 12

whataboutthat says...

davecook wrote:
The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself......
My water butts fill very quickly and I for one don't have £2k for a 15,000 litre underground plastic tank (supply price not fitted). Front gardens converted to hard standings for cars has a lot to do with rain run off.
[quote][p][bold]davecook[/bold] wrote: The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself......[/p][/quote]My water butts fill very quickly and I for one don't have £2k for a 15,000 litre underground plastic tank (supply price not fitted). Front gardens converted to hard standings for cars has a lot to do with rain run off. whataboutthat
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8:39am Fri 22 Jun 12

BmthNewshound says...

davecook wrote:
The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself......
The problem isn't rainwater down pipes its decades of under investment in upgrading sewage systems to cope with increased demand.
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Since the sewage system in Bournemouth and other towns was built the demands on the system has increased significantly- just drive around town and look at all the blocks of flats built on plots previously occupied by a single house without any upgrade to the sewers to cope with the increased demand. Add to this the increase in waste water created by washing machines, dish washers etc and it is common sense that the outdated sewage treatment works are going to struggle to cope.
[quote][p][bold]davecook[/bold] wrote: The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself......[/p][/quote]The problem isn't rainwater down pipes its decades of under investment in upgrading sewage systems to cope with increased demand. . Since the sewage system in Bournemouth and other towns was built the demands on the system has increased significantly- just drive around town and look at all the blocks of flats built on plots previously occupied by a single house without any upgrade to the sewers to cope with the increased demand. Add to this the increase in waste water created by washing machines, dish washers etc and it is common sense that the outdated sewage treatment works are going to struggle to cope. BmthNewshound
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8:41am Fri 22 Jun 12

bang on this then says...

If you swallow something when you go for your early morning dip
check its a bloater
not a floater.
If you swallow something when you go for your early morning dip check its a bloater not a floater. bang on this then
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8:57am Fri 22 Jun 12

jobsworthwatch says...

Whats needed is a 'pooh flag'!
To be hoisted in place of the 'blue flag' when sewage has been, or is likely to be, discharged into the sea!
Whats needed is a 'pooh flag'! To be hoisted in place of the 'blue flag' when sewage has been, or is likely to be, discharged into the sea! jobsworthwatch
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9:04am Fri 22 Jun 12

jobsworthwatch says...

PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?
PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'? jobsworthwatch
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9:34am Fri 22 Jun 12

The Renegade Master says...

Brilliant.
So now visitors coming to Bournemouth to enjoy our beaches not only get to sniff the stench of raw sewage on their way into town, they also get to bathe in it at the beach.
Brilliant. So now visitors coming to Bournemouth to enjoy our beaches not only get to sniff the stench of raw sewage on their way into town, they also get to bathe in it at the beach. The Renegade Master
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9:40am Fri 22 Jun 12

liveinhope says...

was surfing last night at Bournemouth Pier. There was a black slick (mainly of leaf debris) in about a 100 feet radius of the pipe exit. That should give you an idea of the speed of the spread of the invisible stuff.

I also noticed a bread crate and a football trapped on the inside of the grille. At Boscombe, we see condoms, tampons even needles, regularly spilled out of the storm pipe. Yes the water companies should be more in control but we should also more responsible with our waste disposal.

There is a lot of publicity at the moment about legality vs morality.

Its a known fact that the sewage into the system is not overflow but the allowance of the water companies to pump untreated sewage out of their system to prevent overflow. There is evidence that the water companies use this permission to pump sewage into the stormwater system even when there is no need because it saves them a significant amount of money by reducing the amount of sewage that they have to treat.
was surfing last night at Bournemouth Pier. There was a black slick (mainly of leaf debris) in about a 100 feet radius of the pipe exit. That should give you an idea of the speed of the spread of the invisible stuff. I also noticed a bread crate and a football trapped on the inside of the grille. At Boscombe, we see condoms, tampons even needles, regularly spilled out of the storm pipe. Yes the water companies should be more in control but we should also more responsible with our waste disposal. There is a lot of publicity at the moment about legality vs morality. Its a known fact that the sewage into the system is not overflow but the allowance of the water companies to pump untreated sewage out of their system to prevent overflow. There is evidence that the water companies use this permission to pump sewage into the stormwater system even when there is no need because it saves them a significant amount of money by reducing the amount of sewage that they have to treat. liveinhope
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10:02am Fri 22 Jun 12

penhale says...

jobsworthwatch wrote:
PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?
What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.
[quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?[/p][/quote]What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd. penhale
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10:26am Fri 22 Jun 12

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

penhale wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?
What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.
Or a log, a syringe, a tampon and a condom on a brown background?
[quote][p][bold]penhale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?[/p][/quote]What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.[/p][/quote]Or a log, a syringe, a tampon and a condom on a brown background? The-Bleeding-Obvious
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10:33am Fri 22 Jun 12

penhale says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
penhale wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?
What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.
Or a log, a syringe, a tampon and a condom on a brown background?
Or just use Bournemouth councils flag, they produce more crap than the sewage system.
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]penhale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?[/p][/quote]What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.[/p][/quote]Or a log, a syringe, a tampon and a condom on a brown background?[/p][/quote]Or just use Bournemouth councils flag, they produce more crap than the sewage system. penhale
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10:39am Fri 22 Jun 12

a.g.o.g. says...

Yes, the replacement of blocks of Flats where once stood single houses or low density Flat conversions must have a lot to do with the overload but as the Water Co`s collect much higher levels of revenue from this expansion they should then invest at least some of it in upgrading and increasing capacity and not just pocketting it.
Yes, the replacement of blocks of Flats where once stood single houses or low density Flat conversions must have a lot to do with the overload but as the Water Co`s collect much higher levels of revenue from this expansion they should then invest at least some of it in upgrading and increasing capacity and not just pocketting it. a.g.o.g.
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11:04am Fri 22 Jun 12

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

penhale wrote:
The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
penhale wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?
What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.
Or a log, a syringe, a tampon and a condom on a brown background?
Or just use Bournemouth councils flag, they produce more crap than the sewage system.
It could be called the 'jolly logger'? So when you see the 'jolly logger' flying you don't go in the sea.
It could even be flown, when a discharge is immanent, next to the 'welcome to Bournemouth' sign on the spur road, right by, and under the control of the purification works immediately adjacent!
[quote][p][bold]penhale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]penhale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?[/p][/quote]What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.[/p][/quote]Or a log, a syringe, a tampon and a condom on a brown background?[/p][/quote]Or just use Bournemouth councils flag, they produce more crap than the sewage system.[/p][/quote]It could be called the 'jolly logger'? So when you see the 'jolly logger' flying you don't go in the sea. It could even be flown, when a discharge is immanent, next to the 'welcome to Bournemouth' sign on the spur road, right by, and under the control of the purification works immediately adjacent! The-Bleeding-Obvious
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11:14am Fri 22 Jun 12

purplemonster86 says...

Fury? Who is furious and who are these 'campaigners'? From what sources are these from, without prof of facts it is merely hearsay. Also would like to point out bad reporting again as the area by Bournemouth pier does not have a blue flag and never will because the outflow is there! In fact none of the areas mentioned have.
The outflow has been there for a long time, it tends to get worse during or immediately after bad weather and nobody has questioned it where else do you suppose the sewage goes?
Fury? Who is furious and who are these 'campaigners'? From what sources are these from, without prof of facts it is merely hearsay. Also would like to point out bad reporting again as the area by Bournemouth pier does not have a blue flag and never will because the outflow is there! In fact none of the areas mentioned have. The outflow has been there for a long time, it tends to get worse during or immediately after bad weather and nobody has questioned it where else do you suppose the sewage goes? purplemonster86
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11:47am Fri 22 Jun 12

Gary Sherborne says...

I heard said a few years ago that it was not possible to swim safely between the piers, but many go through the motions."the overflow has been there for a long time it tends to get worse during or immediately after bad weather and nobody has questioned it" No ---- Sherlock. Last year after the floods that hit just a day before the Air Display, I did ask for details about the cost of the clean up which took place during the early hours of the first day when tens of thousands turned up along the beach. Parts of Boscombe beach and Boscombe Chine Gardens Children's area were sign posted advising against use. I also asked what risk assessments were in place relating to health and safety. Bournemouth Borough Council are the designated local authority with responsibility for land drainage. That means that the council are responsible for the surface water and its effective drainage. Here in lies the problem. I asked the leader of the council and I asked the then major, Cllr Rochester. To say the answer were flimsy is an understatement. this council is obsessed with process and fails in ever reaching its outcomes. Except in the ---- it discharges. this is a major health problem and no amount of back peddling can get the council off the hock.
I heard said a few years ago that it was not possible to swim safely between the piers, but many go through the motions."the overflow has been there for a long time it tends to get worse during or immediately after bad weather and nobody has questioned it" No ---- Sherlock. Last year after the floods that hit just a day before the Air Display, I did ask for details about the cost of the clean up which took place during the early hours of the first day when tens of thousands turned up along the beach. Parts of Boscombe beach and Boscombe Chine Gardens Children's area were sign posted advising against use. I also asked what risk assessments were in place relating to health and safety. Bournemouth Borough Council are the designated local authority with responsibility for land drainage. That means that the council are responsible for the surface water and its effective drainage. Here in lies the problem. I asked the leader of the council and I asked the then major, Cllr Rochester. To say the answer were flimsy is an understatement. this council is obsessed with process and fails in ever reaching its outcomes. Except in the ---- it discharges. this is a major health problem and no amount of back peddling can get the council off the hock. Gary Sherborne
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11:47am Fri 22 Jun 12

boyerboy says...

With the vast number of new developments planned in Poole, it has never been proved that ALL our utility services will be able to cope with the additional demands.It is about time stress tests were carried out before we face a disaster.
With the vast number of new developments planned in Poole, it has never been proved that ALL our utility services will be able to cope with the additional demands.It is about time stress tests were carried out before we face a disaster. boyerboy
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11:50am Fri 22 Jun 12

derek_acorah says...

The-Bleeding-Obvious wrote:
penhale wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?
What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.
Or a log, a syringe, a tampon and a condom on a brown background?
What a sight that would be, proudly flying over Boscombe pier. I can visualise drainage engineers respectfully lowering the blue flag, and raising the 'brown pebble-dashed banner' over the beach, with a bugle playing while the engineers salute. Brings a tear to the eye.
[quote][p][bold]The-Bleeding-Obvious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]penhale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?[/p][/quote]What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.[/p][/quote]Or a log, a syringe, a tampon and a condom on a brown background?[/p][/quote]What a sight that would be, proudly flying over Boscombe pier. I can visualise drainage engineers respectfully lowering the blue flag, and raising the 'brown pebble-dashed banner' over the beach, with a bugle playing while the engineers salute. Brings a tear to the eye. derek_acorah
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11:56am Fri 22 Jun 12

davecook says...

whataboutthat wrote:
davecook wrote:
The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself......
My water butts fill very quickly and I for one don't have £2k for a 15,000 litre underground plastic tank (supply price not fitted). Front gardens converted to hard standings for cars has a lot to do with rain run off.
My 8000 litre tanks cost me £200 4 years ago and I installed them myself above ground. Simple solution to more than one problem, and saves a turd flag at Boscombe pier.......
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davecook[/bold] wrote: The reason sewage overflows is that so many houses have their rainwater downpipes connected to the sewage system, sending vast amounts of rainwater into the sewage treatment works when it rains heavily. This cannot be blamed on water companies. What annoys me is that some of those who moan about the sewage are the very people whose downpipes go into the sewage system, and then complain that there are water restrictions in droughts, without giving a milliseconds thought to the fact that they could be harvesting this rainwater themselves for future use in their gardens, and reducing the pressure on the sewage treatment plants. But of course, it's easier to moan blindly than do anything yourself......[/p][/quote]My water butts fill very quickly and I for one don't have £2k for a 15,000 litre underground plastic tank (supply price not fitted). Front gardens converted to hard standings for cars has a lot to do with rain run off.[/p][/quote]My 8000 litre tanks cost me £200 4 years ago and I installed them myself above ground. Simple solution to more than one problem, and saves a turd flag at Boscombe pier....... davecook
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12:10pm Fri 22 Jun 12

liveinhope says...

Gary Sherborne - please tell me you didn't just say "going through the motions" with regard to swimming between the piers.
Gary Sherborne - please tell me you didn't just say "going through the motions" with regard to swimming between the piers. liveinhope
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12:31pm Fri 22 Jun 12

boyerboy says...

An idea ! why not fill large inflated bags with sewage and form a barrier with them out at sea ?Who knows perhaps it could be used as an artifical reef no , on reflection , a silly idea that would stink.
An idea ! why not fill large inflated bags with sewage and form a barrier with them out at sea ?Who knows perhaps it could be used as an artifical reef no , on reflection , a silly idea that would stink. boyerboy
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1:10pm Fri 22 Jun 12

jeebuscripes says...

Hey...what? Oh my, that's not a Snickers.
Hey...what? Oh my, that's not a Snickers. jeebuscripes
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1:16pm Fri 22 Jun 12

a.g.o.g. says...

Why don`t some of you go and twaddle you own canoes somewhere else and leave any comments on this article free of such crude clutter for they the intended recipients of this report on such a scandalous situation existing along our supposedly Blue Flag beaches that may not now be properly clean for bathing this Summer.
Why don`t some of you go and twaddle you own canoes somewhere else and leave any comments on this article free of such crude clutter for they the intended recipients of this report on such a scandalous situation existing along our supposedly Blue Flag beaches that may not now be properly clean for bathing this Summer. a.g.o.g.
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1:21pm Fri 22 Jun 12

jeebuscripes says...

Some of the comments here are as filthy as the waters lapping at our world class resort.
Some of the comments here are as filthy as the waters lapping at our world class resort. jeebuscripes
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1:31pm Fri 22 Jun 12

downmoor-ch says...

penhale wrote:
jobsworthwatch wrote:
PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?
What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.
Nice one that Penhale, a bullseye on anyones Dartboard, well said!.
[quote][p][bold]penhale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jobsworthwatch[/bold] wrote: PS. Can anyone think of a logo for the 'pooh flag'?[/p][/quote]What about a dog crouching down and laying a giant turd.[/p][/quote]Nice one that Penhale, a bullseye on anyones Dartboard, well said!. downmoor-ch
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1:36pm Fri 22 Jun 12

downmoor-ch says...

Did i miss something here, I meant Penhales mention of the Council Flag!
Did i miss something here, I meant Penhales mention of the Council Flag! downmoor-ch
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2:22pm Fri 22 Jun 12

portia6 says...

does it include Shell Bay and
Studland where the nudists
prance around in the Sand dunes?
i always assumed the sea was
clean so we must be vigilant!
does it include Shell Bay and Studland where the nudists prance around in the Sand dunes? i always assumed the sea was clean so we must be vigilant! portia6
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2:37pm Fri 22 Jun 12

wally wombat says...

I just been down there
it smells nice on the sands
sweeter than in the town hall
I just been down there it smells nice on the sands sweeter than in the town hall wally wombat
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3:13pm Fri 22 Jun 12

WOC says...

I have been swimming off Hengistbury Head before now and when I got home and had a bath it stunk of c**p, I won't swim in that area any longer. It's disgusting.
I have been swimming off Hengistbury Head before now and when I got home and had a bath it stunk of c**p, I won't swim in that area any longer. It's disgusting. WOC
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3:35pm Fri 22 Jun 12

spooki says...

This isn't new news it should be called OLDs. There been sewage floating about there for years. And people won't stop chucking used needles, condoms and whatever about for their own sakes so why would they worry about anyone else?
So there's a 'legal' amount of poo flowing around is there? Would Alan Brown or the spokesperson for Wessex Water happily swim in it, or let their families frolic about in it? Let's get a photo of them larking in the sea (with their arms folded, Echo style).
This isn't new news it should be called OLDs. There been sewage floating about there for years. And people won't stop chucking used needles, condoms and whatever about for their own sakes so why would they worry about anyone else? So there's a 'legal' amount of poo flowing around is there? Would Alan Brown or the spokesperson for Wessex Water happily swim in it, or let their families frolic about in it? Let's get a photo of them larking in the sea (with their arms folded, Echo style). spooki
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4:28pm Fri 22 Jun 12

live-and-let-live says...

purplemonster86 wrote:
Fury? Who is furious and who are these 'campaigners'? From what sources are these from, without prof of facts it is merely hearsay. Also would like to point out bad reporting again as the area by Bournemouth pier does not have a blue flag and never will because the outflow is there! In fact none of the areas mentioned have. The outflow has been there for a long time, it tends to get worse during or immediately after bad weather and nobody has questioned it where else do you suppose the sewage goes?
i searched for some fury too and all i spotted was vague annoyance.
[quote][p][bold]purplemonster86[/bold] wrote: Fury? Who is furious and who are these 'campaigners'? From what sources are these from, without prof of facts it is merely hearsay. Also would like to point out bad reporting again as the area by Bournemouth pier does not have a blue flag and never will because the outflow is there! In fact none of the areas mentioned have. The outflow has been there for a long time, it tends to get worse during or immediately after bad weather and nobody has questioned it where else do you suppose the sewage goes?[/p][/quote]i searched for some fury too and all i spotted was vague annoyance. live-and-let-live
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5:34pm Fri 22 Jun 12

scottobereal says...

jeebuscripes wrote:
Hey...what? Oh my, that's not a Snickers.
This sort of scaremongering does not help matters. It could easily be a Skitters bar, a Twix or even those new Kit Kat Chunks
[quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: Hey...what? Oh my, that's not a Snickers.[/p][/quote]This sort of scaremongering does not help matters. It could easily be a Skitters bar, a Twix or even those new Kit Kat Chunks scottobereal
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6:22pm Fri 22 Jun 12

O'Reilly says...

Some of these outraged people obviously never swam in the old favourite South Coast resorts in the 50's, where this sort of thing was commonplace......we all survived the experience. Blimey! you can get 'floaters' in hotel swimming pools. -'Benidorm?'
Some of these outraged people obviously never swam in the old favourite South Coast resorts in the 50's, where this sort of thing was commonplace......we all survived the experience. Blimey! you can get 'floaters' in hotel swimming pools. -'Benidorm?' O'Reilly
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6:46pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Dennis Neal says...

I remember the days of the 50's & 60's when a local MP said in the house that it was "Impossible to swim off Bournemouth beaches, you could only go through the motions".
Seems like the good old days are returning
I remember the days of the 50's & 60's when a local MP said in the house that it was "Impossible to swim off Bournemouth beaches, you could only go through the motions". Seems like the good old days are returning Dennis Neal
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9:04pm Fri 22 Jun 12

picture90 says...

a few years ago me and a friend went swimming down hengisbury head , little did we know there had been sewage flowing into the water,within hours after swimming in the sea we both came down with bad stomach infections, i'm pretty sure there's a high risk even if the water seems fine at the time.
a few years ago me and a friend went swimming down hengisbury head , little did we know there had been sewage flowing into the water,within hours after swimming in the sea we both came down with bad stomach infections, i'm pretty sure there's a high risk even if the water seems fine at the time. picture90
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10:22pm Fri 22 Jun 12

rba says...

Great, so we not only have to dodge the dog poo on the beach but now have to avoid human waste in the sea. Good job!
Great, so we not only have to dodge the dog poo on the beach but now have to avoid human waste in the sea. Good job! rba
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10:53pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Yankee1 says...

The only odd thing is that you people actually believed this 'Blue Flag' rubbish.
The only odd thing is that you people actually believed this 'Blue Flag' rubbish. Yankee1
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10:38am Sat 23 Jun 12

rollingpinboy says...

Directly linked, Wessex Water also dump Raw untreated Sewage it into the Hampshire Avon and Dorset Stour at this time and that all ends up on the beaches as well! It is all 'authorised' by the Environment Agency and the UK Government despite objections from the public and environmental protection bodies and despite being a health hazard to humans and the untold damage it causes to the wildlife, fish, birds, wildfowl, and the habitat! Bet you didn't know that the HIV virus can survive around 24-48 hours in raw sewage so beware if you go swimming or are in contact with river or sea water when they are discharging!
Directly linked, Wessex Water also dump Raw untreated Sewage it into the Hampshire Avon and Dorset Stour at this time and that all ends up on the beaches as well! It is all 'authorised' by the Environment Agency and the UK Government despite objections from the public and environmental protection bodies and despite being a health hazard to humans and the untold damage it causes to the wildlife, fish, birds, wildfowl, and the habitat! Bet you didn't know that the HIV virus can survive around 24-48 hours in raw sewage so beware if you go swimming or are in contact with river or sea water when they are discharging! rollingpinboy
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3:49am Sun 24 Jun 12

portia6 says...

Well we all should take samples
when at the beach from the
sea and send it to Wessex Water!
Well we all should take samples when at the beach from the sea and send it to Wessex Water! portia6
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8:33am Sun 24 Jun 12

Richard 1976 says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
Brilliant.
So now visitors coming to Bournemouth to enjoy our beaches not only get to sniff the stench of raw sewage on their way into town, they also get to bathe in it at the beach.
I've always wondered whose marvellous idea it was to put the towns dump station on the Wessex way. It does kick up a honk. And mouthwatering it is! Welcome to Bournemouth
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: Brilliant. So now visitors coming to Bournemouth to enjoy our beaches not only get to sniff the stench of raw sewage on their way into town, they also get to bathe in it at the beach.[/p][/quote]I've always wondered whose marvellous idea it was to put the towns dump station on the Wessex way. It does kick up a honk. And mouthwatering it is! Welcome to Bournemouth Richard 1976
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11:04am Sun 24 Jun 12

rollingpinboy says...

Yeah...dead right! The stink from the Dorset Stour Sewage Works bust before on the westbound A338 at Blackwater/Cooper Dean roundabout is very enticing for unsuspecting visitors and holidaymakers to the area. Probably the best advertising to what Bournemouth and Wessex Water are really like i'm afraid!
Yeah...dead right! The stink from the Dorset Stour Sewage Works bust before on the westbound A338 at Blackwater/Cooper Dean roundabout is very enticing for unsuspecting visitors and holidaymakers to the area. Probably the best advertising to what Bournemouth and Wessex Water are really like i'm afraid! rollingpinboy
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4:13pm Sun 24 Jun 12

Rev Enge says...

Incidently Southern Water have been deliberately pumping out sewage at littlehampton over the past couple of weeks with no fines from the Micky Mouse Enviromental agency.

On a lighter note the sewage has also being served up at Frankie and Benny's restaurant (thats a joke) and charging £15 a head for it!
Incidently Southern Water have been deliberately pumping out sewage at littlehampton over the past couple of weeks with no fines from the Micky Mouse Enviromental agency. On a lighter note the sewage has also being served up at Frankie and Benny's restaurant (thats a joke) and charging £15 a head for it! Rev Enge
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