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Ironman Wales organisers dismiss Surfers Against Sewage pollution claims

Ironman: Winners celebrate at the 2015 Ironman Wales event held in Tenby

WITH Ironman set to go ahead this weekend, despite the death of Her Majesty the Queen, attention is now turning to reports earlier this week by Surfers Against Sewage that the event could be tainted by pollution.

Surfers Against Sewage said on their website that ‘raw sewage’ being pumped into the sea nearby, only days ahead of the sporting event.

However the organisers of Ironman Wales have hit back, saying that the council have tested the water and everything is fine for the swimming part of the event.

A spokesperson for the organisers stated: “Ironman Wales is aware that Surfers Against Sewage has reported recent discharges at a nearby beach in Pembrokeshire.

“We have received confirmation from Pembrokeshire County Council’s pollution team that there is currently no abnormal situation that would lead to the Council advising against swimming at Tenby North Beach.

“We are carrying out routine water tests to confirm the venue meets the high water quality standard set for our events and will continue to monitor water quality at North Beach in the lead-up to Ironman Wales on Sunday.

“The most recent testing carried out at North Beach has shown results well within the excellent standard,” they added.

A spokesperson for Welsh Water confirmed that heavy rainfall meant its combined storm overflows (CSOs) temporarily operated at Castle Beach at the beginning of the week.

“Heavy rain hit large parts of Wales over the weekend which would have meant some of our combined storm overflows (CSOs) temporarily operated,” said the spokesperson.

“This is what they are designed to do when the wastewater network in an area reaches capacity due to the volume of rainwater in it to prevent sewers from flooding customers’ homes and businesses.

“We have checked the CSOs which operated and found that they operated in compliance with our permit to operate them and as we always do with these CSOs we sent notifications to Surfers Against Sewage so that they were aware and could notify their members.

“We can confirm that our CSO at Castle Beach in Tenby operated due to the heavy rainfall experienced,” they added.