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from BBC;
Warning over 'major' sewage spill

People using the waterfront are urged to take precautions
The public has been warned to avoid contact with water in the Firth of Forth after a "major" sewage spill.
Pumping equipment at the Seafield Wastewater Treatment Plant in Leith failed at 1630 BST on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Thames Water, which runs the plant, said 1,000 litres a second of partially diluted untreated sewage had been pumping into the Forth.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) said: "It's a major problem requiring a major solution."

A spokesman said emergency measures to "minimize the risk of pollution" were being put in place.

He added: "Everything that needs to be done is being done."

We urge people to ensure they maintain high standards of personal hygiene and do not take anything home from the beach until sewage has dispersed

Ewan Aitken
Edinburgh Council leader

Engineering works were expected to continue throughout the weekend.

Thames Water said it had not shut the plant down as it deals with most of the capital's waste - from about 800,000 people.

Environmental health officers with Edinburgh City Council advised anyone who uses waterfront recreational areas to avoid contact with the water.

The council said it was very concerned about the incident.

Council leader Ewan Aitken said: "We urge people to ensure they maintain high standards of personal hygiene and do not take anything home from the beach until sewage has dispersed."

The council has put up warning notices along the shore in areas which may potentially be affected to warn residents and visitors.

Concerned locals are being advised to contact the environmental health service.
 

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was down on ravensgraig beach on Friday and the stink was horrendous !!! i thought it was coming from our local sewage works as well lol :yucky:


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I was going down B/island tonight but dont know if i might be wasting my time. Is the sewage affecting us over here already?.
Take a look out your window Dave.
Hate to think i did a mornings digging for nowt...
 

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do you think this will stop the morons taking the under sized bass from cockenzie an torness ??????:giveup: :giveup: ...would,nt hold my breath:yucky: :yucky:
 

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At least the Scots are getting their own back.
I hope this costs Thames a fortune so that they will have to give a sh*t at last.
As a result of this perhaps more bodies responsible for sewage disposal will have to develop a Plan B which does not involve dumping their sewage into the rivers / sea every time it rains or have a mechanical break down
 
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