Tenby: Sea swimmers warned of sewage risk after pipe bursts

Sea swimmers at one of Wales’ most popular seaside towns are being warned they may be bathing in contaminated water.

An investigation has been launched into a pollution incident in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said.

A burst rising main – a pressurised pipe which lifts sewage into the public sewer – resulted in sewage entering the river Ritec, which flows to the sea at Tenby South Beach, NRW said.

It said there was a potential pollution risk at Tenby South Beach, Castle Beach, Tenby North Beach and nearby Penally Beach.

“Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water has informed us of a burst rising main near Tenby which has resulted in sewage entering the River Ritec,” NRW’s Andrea Winterton said.

She said the main had been isolated, and that there should be no further pollution into the river from the burst pipe.

“Due to the potential for the pollution to impact the downstream bathing waters, we’ve declared an abnormal situation and informed Pembrokeshire County Council who will place signs at the beaches to warn people of the potential pollution risk,” she added.

The council said it would place the signs on the beaches on Tuesday morning.

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