South West Water is bringing forward plans to upgrade sewage treatment works in Devon and Dorset to avoid beaches losing their safe to swim status. The news comes on the day the company announced a 7.5 per cent increase on pre-tax profits of £152m.
£20m is to be spent on treatment plants at Combe Martin, Torbay, Lyme Regis, Looe, Teignmouth and at Mothecombe near Plymouth. The work's being done in time to comply with new EU directives on bathing waters due to come into force in 2015. The company says it won't result in bills being increased.