Repairs to Newquay pump station
South West Water is working today to repair the main sewage pumping station in Newquay.
Flows are being diverted into tankers and out to sea through the emergency sea outfall at Towan Head.
The water company first became aware of the problem at the Gannel Sewage Pumping Station at 11.30pm on New Year's Eve and worked through the night to contain the problem and minimise the risk of pollution in the town centre.
The Environmental Health department of Cornwall Council has been informed. They will assess the issue and make a decision whether to put up signs at affected beaches. Beaches most likely to be affected are Crantock and Fistral Beach.
The Environment Agency has been informed.
Waste Water Operations Manager Mike Galligan said: "We are sorry if this issue affects anyone's plans for a New Year's Day dip or a surf. We are working night and day to fix the issue as quickly as possible."
Published: 1 January 2016
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