EA inspects Lyme Regis drains to pinpoint pollution
The Environment Agency (EA) is carrying out a detailed inspection of the drains in Lyme Regis in a bid to pinpoint possible sources of pollution, including misconnections that might be impacting on bathing water quality there.
The EA, in partnership with South West Water and West Dorset District Council, is working to find and remove pollution sources in the town. This follows similar pollution investigations in Torbay, Truro, Newton Abbot and Plymouth.
Officers are walking along the river and inspecting the areas around Combined Sewer Overflows and manholes for evidence of sewer leaks and misconnections, and take water samples. Staff will also examine the culverted section in the town to check for sewage problems.
Misconnections range from domestic washing machines mistakenly plumbed into surface water drains to factories, restaurants, hotels and schools discharging sewage into surface water systems instead of sewers.
EA staff from Blandford have recently completed a survey of pigeon roosting locations and water quality in the River Lim in Lyme Regis as part of the same pollution investigation effort. South West Water also did some misconnection work in Uplyme recently, just upstream of Lyme Regis.
Doug Parker, for the EA, said: "This investigation work provides an excellent opportunity for us to identify, trace and stop pollution from a variety of sources. Misconnections are often difficult to pinpoint and can remain hidden for years.
"Once a misconnection is discovered we work with other agencies including water companies, local authorities, businesses and private homeowners to put it right. Each solved misconnection helps improve water quality in our rivers and streams as well as bathing waters and is great news for the environment."
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