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Calls for action after sewage discharge into the sea

The water at Godrevy Credit: sas.org.uk

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.

Swimmers were forced from the water Credit: sas.org.uk

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."

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Water prices to fall 13% by 2020

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

South West Water to freeze prices

South West Water is freezing prices for homes and businesses next year. Credit: SWW

South West Water is freezing prices for homes and businesses next year.

Standard tariffs and standing charges for households and firms will be stay the same until April 2015, the company says.

The Exeter-based company is also proposing to keep average bills frozen in the year after that and below inflation rises until 2020.

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New water treatment plant planned for Plymouth

A £50million water treatment plant could be built to serve Plymouth.

It is just one of the proposals put forward by South West Water, which is to spend £850million on improving the region's water and sewerage services between 2015 and 2020.

Customers and businesses People are being asked to comment on the plans before they are submitted to Ofwat, the water industry regulator, later this year.

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