Water company's beach cleanup

South West Water is to spend £20m on sewage treatment plants to avoid beaches losing their safe to swim status.

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People power gets beach clean-up

People power in North Devon has won the day after residents in one village persuaded South West Water to clean up their beach.

In times of heavy rainfall, Combe Martin's drains can't cope and sewage has to be discharged into the sea, otherwise it would flood peoples homes.

But now almost a million pounds is to be spent to ensure properties, and the beach, aren't polluted.

Seth Conway reports:

£20m plans to clean up dirty beaches

SW Water has to comply with EU directives by 2015 Credit: Paul Seheult/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

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.

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