Saltcoats Bathing Water update June 24 2022

  24 June 2022

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is continuing to advise against paddling or bathing at Saltcoats.

Earlier this week, Scottish Water informed SEPA of an issue at Saltcoats Sewage Pumping Station due to a burst on a nearby rising main. As part of the repair works, it was necessary for an emergency, screened discharge to the sea at Stevenston. This began on Wednesday 22 June.  A repair of the rising main has been completed and the discharge has now stopped.

SEPA’s bathing water signage at Saltcoats continues to advise against bathing. SEPA will be taking further water samples.

A spokesperson for SEPA said: “Local officers have completed visual checks of the beach and further water samples will be taken over the coming days.

“SEPA’s electronic bathing water signage will continue to reflect the temporary guidance against paddling or bathing until SEPA is satisfied there is no risk from this incident.

“SEPA officers will continue to monitor the situation.”

SEPA is working closely with Scottish Water, North Ayrshire Council and NHS Ayrshire and Arran and will continue to work together to monitor the situation.

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “We were able to quickly put appropriate measures in place to ensure any impact on the local environment was kept to a minimum.

“The burst has now been successfully repaired and we are cleaning up the site ahead of reinstating any damage caused.

“We will continue to work with SEPA and key stakeholders. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this incident and thank everyone for their patience and understanding.”

A spokesperson for North Ayrshire Council said: “North Ayrshire Council’s Environmental Health Team is working with partners SEPA and Scottish Water to manage the effects of this incident.

“We are in contact with local businesses impacted by this fault to offer support and guidance.

“As a precautionary measure SEPA has changed its water bathing guidance and we would ask that people visiting the seafront and beach area of Saltcoats and Stevenston avoid entering the water at this time.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:
Update on Saltcoats bathing water from Thursday 23 June - Advice against bathing at Saltcoats bathing water | Media | Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
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)