Surfers' sewage trouble
SURFERS say they were forced to leave the sea off a Gower beach because raw sewage had been pumped into the water.
The group of friends claim they had gone to enjoy the surf off Sumpter's Reef in Overton on Tuesday evening but could not stay after encountering excrement in the sea around them.
The beach is close to a sewage treatment park, but Welsh Water Dwr Cymru, which is responsible for the facility, said it had been functioning normally, and it was not aware of any discharges.
Surfer Steve Hocking, who regularly surfs the beach, was with son Josh, and two other friends.
He said: "There was sewage in the sea. It was so bad we had to get out.
"It is not the first time this year it has happened either.
"We had to soak our wetsuits when we got out.
"It was really, really bad. You could taste it in the water.
"There was an horrendous smell in the air, and it was all over the rocks.
"Gower is supposed to be an area of outstanding natural beauty, but it was anything but."
Earlier this year a manhole near the beach at Horton began spouting sewage in the run-up to the Easter holidays. The flooding was blamed on a blockage in the sewer by debris.
Welsh Water sent workers to tackle the problem, and said it would undertake an in-depth survey of the sewers in the area.
The company said it was also looking for long-term solutions to tackle smells coming from its sewage treatment plant in Fabian Way, following complaints about odours wafting from the site.
A spokeswoman for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water said, with regards to the claims at Overton: "Our wastewater network in the area is operating normally and we are not aware of any discharges from our system.
"Should customers see any sewage pollution linked to our network, please report it to us as soon as possible on 0800 085 3968."