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.
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.
Around 200 homes are without water in the Ivybridge area due to a burst pipe.
Written complaints to South West Water have risen by 5.4% compared to last year.
According to figures from the Consumer Council for Water, complaints rose by 5.4% in the period 2013/2014 compared to 2012/13. But the company has defended it's position and issued the following statement:
South West Water has been ordered to take action to protect a Cornish beach after allowing raw sewage to be pumped into the sea for the third time this season,
Swimmers had to leave the sea at Godrevy after the latest incident and a surfing event was cancelled.
The National Trust today called for measures to be in place to stop it happening again and West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, has called on South West Water to clean up its act.
Mr George said, "This isn't the first incident in the St Ives and St Ives Bay Area......... I am bound to ask whether South West Water have a sufficiently robust system in place to cope with the demands of what was unexceptional rainfall."
There are calls today for the government to do more to protect vital upland moor sites in the south west. The RSPB and South West Water are amongst the signatories in a letter demanding more support from DEFRA to protect habitats for wildlife.
Further information has been released by South West water detailing the final stages of its price-setting process which could see the average household bill fall by up to 13%* below inflation by the end of the decade.
Highlights of the Business Plan to 2020 include:
A bill reduction of up to 13% in real terms by 2020A price freeze for 2014/15
New technologies to maintain high quality drinking water, including a new water treatment works in north Plymouth
Expansion of the company’s renewable energy programme.
Ongoing support for the regional economy through jobs, apprenticeships and the use of local contractors and suppliers