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Locals told not to swim at beaches after pollution incident

North Somerset Council and the Environment Agency have advised against bathing at Uphill & Weston beaches. Credit: ITV News

Following a pollution incident over the weekend, North Somerset Council and the Environment Agency have advised against bathing at Uphill & Weston beaches.

Wessex Water have been carrying out repair work on a sewage pipe that was leaking underneath the River Axe.

We have been carrying out emergency repairs during the weekend to a sewerage pipe that was leaking under the River Axe.

We immediately stopped the flow to prevent sewage entering the river and met with the Environment Agency on site.

As a precautionary measure, and to check any effect on the environment, our scientific team took samples from the river and beach which are being analysed. The results will be given to the Environment Agency.

Tankers were used to maintain sewerage services during the weekend. Temporary pipework is now in place over the River Axe and work is under way to permanently fix the damaged pipe.

We apologise to any local people who may have noticed extra traffic movement in the area during the weekend while we were carrying out the emergency repairs.

– Wessex Water spokesperson

Uphill beach fails water standard test

Uphill beach failed a water standard test. Credit: ITV West

One of Weston-super-Mare's beaches has failed a water standard test for the first time in 30 years.

The quality of water at Uphill Slipway was judged 'poor' under European health standards.

It means that it is not always safe to swim there because of the risk of catching bugs that could lead to an upset stomach or more serious conditions for the vulnerable.

The Environment Agency blames the rain over the summer which may have washed excess pollution from roads, farms and sewers into the sea.

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