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Protect Our Waves – Join SAS at Paddle Round The Pier

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are stoked to be at the 2011 Paddle Round The Pier, highlighting the issues of ocean pollution and threats to our coastline.  Sewage, toxic chemicals and marine litter are big problems at breaks and beaches across the UK, but other threats include climate change, environmental damage and impacts on wave quality and surfers’ rights of access to waves.

Brighton and Hove has a population of 250,000 people but no modern day sewage treatment system. All its sewage is discharged raw each day through a long sea outfall off Telscombe Cliffs. The amount of untreated sewage going in the sea each day is staggering and is the equivalent of 80 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Watersports thrive in this part of the UK with international kitesurfing and windsurfing competitions regularly visiting. Unfortunately those using water for recreation continue to run a health gauntlet.

Brighton and Hove should have updated their sewage treatment system to meet the EU’s Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive. This Directive came into force at the end of 2000 and the UK Government may soon face huge fines from the European Commission if this Directive is not met.

A planning application was submitted by Southern Water in 2005 but it fails to incorporate full sewage treatment, instead it proposes to upgrade the current system to secondary level treatment.  SAS is challenging this application calling for full sewage treatment to be provided at the modernised sewage treatment plant. Not only would this provide clean and safe water for recreational water users but it also would allow wastewater to be reused to help offset current water shortages that the company are currently facing because of frequent drought conditions.

You can learn more about the SAS clean water campaigns at the Paddle Round The Pier stand and show your support by buying an SAS t-shirt or becoming a member.  SAS members receive a quarterly newsletter, a members-only keyring and car sticker, campaign action sticker pack, booklet and poster, access to the Member’s Area of the website, 10% off in the SAS shop and discounts from our partners, including an amazing 15% off at howies.

Your membership is vital in helping SAS protect oceans, waves and beaches nationwide, so act now and join today – and drop by and say hi at the Paddle Round The Pier!

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