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Problems with sewage pumping station in Newquay

Fistral Beach at Newquay is one of those affected by the problem Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Bathing water at beaches in Newquay could be affected by a problem with the main sewage pumping station in the town.

South West Water is doing its best to fix it but you may want to reconsider your New Year's Day dips.

Water in Plymouth 'back to normal' after burst pipe chaos

The burst water pipe helped cause traffic chaos in Plymouth. Credit: ITV West Country

Water should be back to normal in Plymouth this morning, after thousands of homes were affected by Thursday's burst water pipe, which also caused traffic chaos in the city.

South West Water finished repairing the pipe on Thursday evening, and announced this morning that water was back in people's homes.

People are being advised to run the tap if there's any discolouration.

"We are pleased to advise that following our repair work yesterday all customer water supplies should now have returned to normal. We have been flushing throughout the night to help clear water supplies, if you are experiencing discoloured water please run your taps to clear

If your water is white, cloudy or appears to have tiny bubbles this is due to air in the water and is a result of the network returning to normal. Please be assure that the water is perfectly safe to drink and use.

We are continuing to monitor water supplies throughout the day."

– South West Water


Plymouth homes without water after major pipe bursts

The offending pipe, which burst early this morning, flooding streets and stopping traffic. Credit: South West Water

4,000 homes in Plymouth have been affected by a major water pipe burst, causing traffic chaos during morning rush hour.

It happened on Tavistock Road at 6.30 this morning. South West Water has begun to repair the pipe, but supplies in Crownhill, Whitleigh and Efford are affected.

The company says it is arranging alternative water supplies, and is posting updates at and on its Twitter.

The water on the road is subsiding, but drivers in the area are being advised to take care. Public transport is gradually returning to normal after major delays all morning.

Flood waters caused traffic chaos in Plymouth this morning. Credit: ITV West Country
Traffic delays in Plymouth this morning. Credit: ITV West Country

Burst water pipe affects St Ives

South West Water has said customers may experience low pressure or discolouration this morning, due to a burst water pipe in St Ives.

Although teams worked overnight to fix the leak the company has warned the pressure will take a while to return to normal.

Those affected are advised to run the cold tap in the kitchen until the water runs clear.

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Open verdict returned on Robert Geach drowning

Robert Geach drowned after falling into a tank at a sewage treatment works in Falmouth in 2013

A jury has returned an open verdict into the death of Robert Geach.

He was pulled from a filtration tank at South West Water's sewage treatment works in Falmouth two years ago.

The 54 year old, who worked for the water company, was found inside the tank in December 2013.

South West Water has said that since the father-of-two's death they have made safety changes.


Work starts on Exmouth's infamous sink hole

It is thought the sink hole has been caused by a blocked water pipe underneath Credit: ITV News

Work starts today on Exmouth beach to try to fix a giant sink hole. Engineers believe a blocked water pipe underneath the beach is responsible. The two metre hole has opened a number of times over the last two months - especially after heavy rain.

“We are working with the tides, so digging will start as early as possible in the morning. We’re very confident we can resolve this problem and open up that area of the beach again for everyone to enjoy.”

– Nick Christo, East Devon District Council

Concerns over seawater quality after heavy rain

Bathing water quality could be affected by the recent heavy rain Credit: ITV News

There's a warning that the recent heavy rain could affect water quality at some beaches in the region. It's caused by run-off from fields and outfall pipes getting into the sea.

South West Water says the problem won't last long but people should check its 'beach live' service for information.

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