Swimmers advised to avoid bathing in waters near Clacton Pier after poor water quality rating

Clacton Pier. Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE

Clacton Pier. Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE - Credit: Andrew Partridge

Swimmers in Clacton have been advised against bathing close to the pier after the water quality was rated ‘poor’ by the Environment Agency.


Clacton Beach Art

Clacton Beach Art - Credit: citizenside.com

Samples of water at Groyne 41, a popular spot for swimmers, were taken on May 8, revealing traces of E.Coli and Intestinal Enterococci in the water.

As a result of the recent tests, the Environment Agency has issued a water quality warning, advising swimmers to avoid bathing in the area.

However, the rest of Clacton’s waters have been given a clean bill of heath - with the main Clacton beach, east of the pier, receiving an excellent rating and the beach near Martello Tower receiving a good rating.

Meanwhile, the waters at Dovercourt and Holland-on-Sea were rated excellent, Frinton, Walton and Jaywick were rated good and West Mersea was rated sufficient.

Environment Agency staff carrying out water tests on Clacton beach. Picture: ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Environment Agency staff carrying out water tests on Clacton beach. Picture: ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - Credit: Archant


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A Tendring District Council (TDC) spokesman said investigation work was ongoing with partners to establish the cause, and a solution, to poor water quality around Groyne 41.

He said: “TDC is working very closely with partners at the Environment Agency and Anglian Water, and Clacton Pier, to tackle this with a multi-agency response.

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“Specialists, including microbiologists, have been brought in to continue with work on this complex issue, and a meeting held just last week a fresh approach was agreed.

“Clacton has a number of fantastic beaches and bathing spots, some with Blue Flag accreditation, and continues to be a popular destination for residents and visitors alike – but TDC is not resting on its laurels and will carry on working to bring all of our beaches up to a high standard.”

Environment Agency staff carrying out water tests on Clacton beach. Picture: ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

Environment Agency staff carrying out water tests on Clacton beach. Picture: ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - Credit: Archant

An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: “The Environment Agency is working with Anglian Water and Tendring District Council to help improve Clacton Groyne 41’s water quality.

“Since 2010, Anglian Water has invested over £100,000 investigating the sources of pollution at Clacton Groyne 41.

“Other actions taken include monitoring for potential sources of groundwater contamination and improvements to two local sewerage treatment plants.”

A spokeswoman for Anglian Water added that issues with coastal water quality at Groyne 41 were not linked to any Anglian Water operations or equipment.

Clacton Pier

Clacton Pier - Credit: Andrew Partridge

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