Update issued on 'significant' pollution incident near popular beach

The beach at Ogmore-by-Sea
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Investigations are continuing into a pollution incident which led to a warning for people to stay out of the water at a popular Welsh beach. Natural Resources Wales said a leak at the Penybont Wastewater Treatment Works had affected the River Ogmore, which could also be impacting water quality at the Ogmore-by-Sea designated bathing water.

Signs have been placed on the beach to notify people of the pollution upstream in the river. The pollutant hasn’t been definitively identified, but it is grey with a sewage odour.

The alert came just days after a paddle-out protest was held at a beach nearby. The protests were coordinated by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), who are calling for an end to the sewage discharges plaguing the UK’s rivers and seas. Read more about that here. For the latest Welsh news delivered to your inbox sign up to our newsletter.

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In an update on the River Ogmore incident, Natural Resources Wales read: "We’re continuing our investigation of the pollution incident on the River Ogmore that could be impacting water quality at the Ogmore-by-Sea designated bathing water. Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is still trying to pinpoint the source of the leak at the Penybont wastewater treatment works.

"We’ll continue working with them whilst they try to stop the pollution as quickly as possible. We’re monitoring the incident and are taking water samples from the river and bathing water to assess the environmental impact." Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news.