SEPA removes advice against bathing at Eyemouth – 15 July

  15 July 2022

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has updated its advice on paddling or bathing at Eyemouth after water quality samples showed no risk to the public.

A sample taken at Eyemouth bathing water on Thursday, 14 July, gave excellent results and SEPA’s bathing water electronic sign has returned to daily water quality predictions.

Signage was changed on Wednesday, 13 July, to advise against bathing or paddling as a precautionary measure after Scottish Water informed SEPA of a burst in a sewage pipe at Eyemouth on Tuesday, July 12. Repair work to the pipe was completed by Scottish Water on Wednesday and there was no ongoing discharge.

A spokesperson for SEPA said:

“Following visual checks of the beach and water sampling by our officers at Eyemouth, SEPA has returned the electronic bathing water signage to daily water quality predictions.

“Water sampling will continue to take place throughout the Bathing Season as part of routine testing.

“We would encourage anyone concerned about a potential pollution incident to contact our 24-hour pollution reporting line as soon as possible. This can be done through our online form at www.sepa.org.uk/report." 

Further samples have been taken from the Eye Water and analysed by SEPA. These show no adverse effects on the water quality of the river from this incident.

SEPA worked closely with Scottish Water, and Scottish Borders Council to respond to and monitor the situation.