Murky Waters at English Beach as Charity Warns of Sewage Release

Visitors at Tankerton Beach in Whistable, Kent, encountered murky waters on Thursday, August 18, after an environmental charity warned of a recent sewage release.

Footage recorded by @soswhitstable shows the situation on the beach at 8:27 am on Thursday morning.

@soswhitstable wrote that following an overnight sewage release at Tankerton Beach it was “a beautiful morning to watch sewage gently lap against the shore”.

Surfers Against Sewage, an organisation tracking and issuing water pollution warnings, said on their website on Friday morning that “Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location [Tankerton Beach] within the past 48 hours.”

Storyful has reached out to Southern Water for comment on the situation at the beach.

Sewage releases have been recorded at several British beaches since heavy rain hit England and Wales earlier this week.

In a statement quoted by the BBC, Southern Water said: “There were thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain the night before last and Tuesday. Storm releases were made to protect homes, schools and businesses from flooding. The release is 95-97% rainwater and so should not be described as raw sewage.” Credit: @soswhitstable via Storyful

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