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Sewage spills into Breydon Water as holiday parks put pressure on network

PUBLISHED: 12:19 10 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:19 10 May 2015

View across Breydon Water. 

Picture: James Bass

View across Breydon Water. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk © 2013

The problem of holiday parks putting pressure on local sewerage networks is being tackled with an information and sticker campaign.

It comes as residents in Belton are calling for action over a pumping station, which they say regularly fails.

Engineers from Anglian Water were again called to the site in Stepshort, on Monday, to deal with a blockage, which sent sewage spilling into Breydon Water.

The company says it spends £7m dealing with 30,000 avoidable blockages every year. Trevor Greenacre, chairman of Burgh Castle Parish Council, said too many nappies and other unsuitable materials had been flushed away.

Because of the recent dry spell, the material had compacted, then rain on Bank Holiday Monday had filled the sewers causing the debris to block the pumps.

“Three vans from Anglian Water and a large tanker were on site pumping the waste away – a situation that occurs regularly, especially at busy holiday times due to the number of campsites in the village,” he said.

Anglian Water spokesman Nick Shelton said holiday hotspots were being targeted with information and stickers telling people about was flushable.

He added: “There is an ongoing issue with wipes and sanitary items being flushed down the toilet – we believe mostly from holiday parks.

“It has been happening for quite a while and is something we want to deal with because it costs a lot of money, takes up a lot of time and causes pollution too.”

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