Sewage was pumped onto Sussex beaches for over 270 hours

On the last day, more than 270 hours of sewage were pumped onto the beaches.

According to Southern Water, sewage has been pumped onto the Sussex coast for over 270 hours.

This comes after a week of stormy weather in the region, which could cause drains to overflow.

The largest spill was at Pagham, where sewage was pumped into the sea for a total of 80 hours.

This took place at two locations from the early hours of Thursday 3rd November until 6pm today.

To prevent flooding, Southern Water has previously explained that these releases are designed to protect homes and businesses from flooding during heavy rains.

A Southern Water spokeswoman previously told The Argus: “Rain can overwhelm the combined sewer and drainage system that exists in many parts of our region.

“Storm overflows act as a release value, releasing excess water into the sea.

“These runoffs are highly diluted and are typically 95 percent rainwater. There are about 15,000 storm defectors in England and about 1,000 in our region.”

But Surfers Against Sewage, a marine conservation charity, has previously said these overflows occur when rainfall is not “extreme”.

According to the charity, only six beaches are currently safe for swimming.

These are:

There have been discharges at 14 bathing sites in Sussex in the last 24 hours.

This contains:

  • Hove
  • Shoreham-by-Sea
  • Saltdean
  • Seeford

Surfers Against Sewage in Brighton, Hove and Shoreham has urged swimmers to be careful.

On Facebook it said: “Our ocean should not be a dumping ground. Shame on you Southern Water.” Sewage was pumped onto Sussex beaches for over 270 hours

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