With packed beaches, Bude has had sea pollution alerts of which not many have been aware.
Bude Cleaner Seas on their Facebook page wrote:
Via the SAS alerts, there is storm discharge affecting Summerleaze, Crooklets and Widemouth today. We did see the Environment Agency van and South West Water tanker at Crooklets, and we are trying to find out more about what has happened there.Cornwall Council should make beach-goers aware by putting up a sign and it is down to them to decide whether it is a serious enough incident to shut the beach. It is Cornwall Council’s responsibility as owners of the beach. Our concern is that these discharges have happened where there doesn’t appear to (when checking rainfall for yesterday and today) have been heavy rainfall to have warranted South West Water to discharge. Discharges from CSOs are made when the system is overwhelmed (by heavy rainfall) If the system is overwhelmed then the discharges are made via the CSOs so that the sewage doesn’t back up into homes and gardens. This is regulated by the Environment Agency.In December we will no longer be under the EU standards that cover CSO discharge and it is vital that the UK government introduce new higher, more stringent standards and that they are regulated, so that we have good quality bathing water.