Advice against bathing at Eyemouth bathing water - July 13

  13 July 2022

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been informed of a burst in a sewage pipe at Eyemouth on Tuesday, July 12. Scottish Water also notified SEPA of this incident and has been undertaking repairs, stopping the burst which was visible to the public. SEPA’s bathing water signage at Eyemouth has been updated to advise against bathing.

Our staff are working closely with Scottish Water and Scottish Borders Council on this incident and we will continue to work together to monitor the situation.

A spokesperson for SEPA said:

"SEPA was made aware by members of the public of a sewage pipe burst in Eyemouth on Tuesday, July 12.

"We are working closely with Scottish Water and Scottish Borders Council and have been informed that the discharge has been stopped, with repair work completed today, July 13.

“As a precautionary measure, SEPA’s bathing water signage is being changed to advise against bathing or paddling in the bathing water. This will continue until SEPA and partner organisations are  satisfied there is no longer a risk from this incident.

"Water quality testing has been carried out and SEPA officers are closely monitoring the situation.”

A spokesperson for Scottish Water said:

"Scottish Water has been replacing a pipe bridge which runs beneath Toll Bridge in Eyemouth.

"During planned works on Tuesday evening to install a section of pipe, a joint failed resulting in a spill from the sewer.

"The spill was stopped overnight and the repair has now been completed.

"We will continue to liase closely with SEPA and other agencies.”

Notes to editors:
SEPA’s website includes a list of all locations where sampling results are posted, daily predictions, bathing water profiles and more - Bathing Waters: Homepage (sepa.org.uk)