Concerns have raised over work by Yorkshire Water over a new outfall pipe close to Withernsea beach. 

An Environment Agency spokesperson said:

“Bathing water quality at Withernsea is classified as ‘Good’. However, the Environment Agency is currently advising people against bathing at Withernsea due to the work being carried out by Yorkshire Water to build a new long sea outfall for the Withernsea Wastewater Treatment Works.

“The Environment Agency defines this an ‘Abnormal Situation’ and advises against bathing because of the potential impact on water quality due to the dredging that is being undertaking as part of the work. Due to the need for calm weather conditions Yorkshire Water needs to do the work over the summer months. Yorkshire Water is also doing some bacteria monitoring themselves during the works.

“There are a number of other bathing waters nearby, including Hornsea which is classified as ‘Excellent. Of the 19 bathing waters on the Yorkshire coast, 15 are classified as ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ and open for bathing.

“For more information, type ‘bathing water quality’ into your search engine.”

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