A WATER professional has revealed the signs you may be swimming via raw sewage.
Stuart Davies, Surfers Against Sewage regional accept for Brighton, said bathers may serene by no means assume the water will be clean.
He said key signs to search out for are “debris”, “floaters” and “an exceptional stink”.
Once surrounded by soiled water swimmers may serene “catch yourself out” and “retain your mouth shut”, he said.
Mr Davies appeared on ITV Tonight’s Britain’s Dirty Water: What Went Atrocious?
He added: “If you are actually out there when a sewage spill goes out, you’ll first search for debris, you’ll search for floaters.
“And then there’ll be an exceptional stink. And you know, you all at as soon as realise that you’re in the middle of a sea of sewage.
“It be disgusting and you’re also concerned for your health.”
Local water firm Southern Water, which serves 700 miles of coastline, discharged sewage into rivers and seas for extra than 146,000 hours last year.
Stuart added: “Can you ogle if there’s a slick on the water? Generally if it is brown, it is gonna be algae. If it is gray, it is probably sewage. And then does it odor? You can odor sewage.
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“Any of these scenarios acquire no longer fling in or catch yourself out. And it is also a accurate idea to maintain your mouth shut.”
A total of 91 out of 420 bathing beaches warned the public to no longer transfer in the sea on September 8, 2022, according to an investigation for ITV’s Tonight programme.
The warnings came because water containing a combine of sewage and rainwater was pumped out on account of heavy rains overwhelming drainage.
Southern Water informed Tonight the last stormwater release in Brighton was in 2015, and that there were no releases in 2022 which impacted bathing water quality.
It adds that it has significantly minimize down storm overflow activity across the status.
It comes after an pressing warning was issued for swimmers as they’re informed to stay out of the water at a popular vacationer beach.
ITV Tonight’s Britain’s Dirty Water: What Went Atrocious? airs on ITV1 & ITVX at 8.30pm Thursday evening.