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Apology given after dirty water dumped near swimmers

Apology given after dirty water dumped near swimmers

Thursday 23 March 2023

Apology given after dirty water dumped near swimmers

Thursday 23 March 2023


A group of sea swimmers had their daily dip cut short earlier this week after a States Works driver mistakenly dumped dirty water into the harbour at Salerie Corner.

Debris collected by States Works during road sweeping would normally be discharged into landfill at Mont Cuet.

On this occasion, the tanker had also been collecting water while road sweeping along the front early on Wednesday morning.

States Works said a lot of water was drained from the roads, including some debris left on the roads when the waves had overtopped the sea wall between Bulwer Avenue and Salerie Corner. The vehicle's tank was then emptied into the water at Salerie. 

However, a group of sea swimmers in the area at the time were caught up in the sudden discharge of dirty water which also made leaving the water using the slipway difficult so they had to use the steps which was tricky during the swell at the time.

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Pictured: The water was discharged into the sea at Salerie Corner and while it soon dispersed, and no long term problems were caused, an apology has been issued to swimmers using the harbour at the time.

Commenting on the matter, States Works Senior Manager (operations), Mark Torode, said debris collected along some sections of the west coast following storms or high tides can be returned to the beach, but this was not the procedure for the east coast.

“We are very sorry for this occurrence, and in particular we apologise to any swimmers who were in the area at the time," he said.

"This was not in accordance with our procedures and we will be reinforcing the correct process with all our drivers.”

Sea water and debris collected after storm clearances along the eastern coast are normally disposed of at Mont Cuet. 

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