Tenby: Sea swimmers warned of sewage risk after pipe bursts

The article discusses an investigation into a pollution incident at Tenby, a popular seaside town in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The source of the pollution was a burst rising main – a pressurized pipe responsible for lifting sewage into the public sewer system. As a result, sewage entered the river Ritec, which flows to several beaches, including Tenby South Beach, Castle Beach, Tenby North Beach, and Penally Beach.

Visitors to the town were warned by the authorities about the potential contamination of the water due to the incident. Some tourists who were unaware of the issue expressed concern about their safety. One family from Stockport initially thought there might have been a rip tide due to beach guards stopping children from going into the water. Another family from Nottingham was also concerned as they almost let their daughter enter the sea unaware of the risk.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water reported a damaged sewer pipe near Tenby, which they have been attempting to repair. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) confirmed the isolation of the burst main and stated that there should no longer be any further pollution from it into the river. However, they have declared an abnormal situation due to the potential impact on downstream bathing waters, and Pembrokeshire County Council will place warning signs on the affected beaches the following morning.

According to Welsh Water, despite the ongoing repairs on a damaged sewer pipe in Tenby, there is no reported impact on wastewater services in the area. They explained that the pipe was quickly isolated upon discovery, preventing further pollution, and that they were managing flows effectively in the region.

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