Sewage discharges keep threatening British surf spots

July 10, 2014 | Environment
Godrevy: great waves, polluted waters | Photo: Alice Rosen

Surfers Against Sewage have issued a serious warning regarding recent sewage discharges at Godrevy, one of the most popular surf spots in Cornwall, England.

The British non-governmental organization has been warning the surfing community for the alarming number of sewage spills in the country, but the latest threats can put in danger the health of beach users, especially in summertime.

South West Water, the company which provides water for Cornwall, confirmed that "unfortunately, during periods of intense rainfall, the system can sometimes become overloaded."

Surfers Against Sewage believes there should be approved tighter regulation of sewer overflows to protect British surf spots from raw sewage pollution. The institution led by Hugo Tagholm is creating the Protect Our Waves All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to ignite debates in the House of Commons.

There are over 500,000 regular surfers in the United Kingdom. The number of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the country is of 31,000. Many of these are completely unregulated.

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