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Title: Seaburn sewer survey, 05-07 August 1991
Author: National Rivers Authority North West Region
Document Type: Monograph
Seascale beach is a designated Bathing Water under European Community Directive 76/160/EEC. The beach has failed to comply with the 'mandatory' standards for indicator organisms. The principal sources of contamination are believed to be: the adjacent discharge of screened sewage from the North West Water plant serving Seascale, storm sewage contamination of Seascale stream. Some 3 km to the north, domestic sewage from the British Nuclear Fuel Ltd (BNFL) Sellafield complex is discharged via an outfall known as the Seaburn Sewer, located at the confluence of the Rivers Ehen and Calder. The Seaburn Sewer conveys miscellaneous plant drainage as well as the treated sewage effluent which flows into the sewer close to its outfall. Although the sewage from BNFL receives secondary treatment (diffused air Activated Sludge plant), the population served is considerably greater than Seascale Village, and has reached 14,000 in the recent past. This survey was carried out in order to determine whether the discharge from the BNFL sewage treatment plant has a significant impact on the bacterial counts found at Seascale beach, thereby contributing to the failure of the beach to meet EC standards.
Publisher: National Rivers Authority
Publication Date: 1991
Publication Place: Warrington
Subject Keywords: Coastal watersBeachesBathing Water DirectiveDirectives (European Union)ContaminationSewage treatmentWastewater treatment
Geographic Keywords: EA North WestCumbria
Extent: 6; + figures and appendices
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