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Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Scottish Parliament

SAS is calling on you to ensure full, year-round ultra violet (UV) sewage treatment is maintained at Pease Bay and other popular off-season Scottish surf spots to protect the health of Scottish waveriders and the environment.

I am joining SAS in this call as I use the sea at Pease Bay year-round and therefore urge you to revise Scottish Water’s discharge license, insisting on year round UV sewage treatment at Pease Bay.

SAS has already lobbied the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) highlighting the significant number of waveriders using Pease Bay throughout the year. SAS believe SEPA are failing to act in the best interests of Scottish waveriders by allowing Scottish Water to turn off UV sewage treatment between September and May. SAS is left with no option but to lobby you on this very important public health issue.

The Environment Agency in England and Wales has already set a strong precedent by stipulating water companies can only turn off UV sewage treatment if they prove an absence if water users and impact on the environment. SAS believe Scottish Water users and the beautiful Scottish coastline should be afforded similar levels of protection.

Signed,

Toby Parkins

This petition closed over 2 years ago

How this will help

Unless sewage effluent is fully treated either using ultra-violet disinfection or micro-filtration it will contain high levels of human-derived bacteria and viruses.

It is scientifically...

Unless sewage effluent is fully treated either using ultra-violet disinfection or micro-filtration it will contain high levels of human-derived bacteria and viruses.

It is scientifically acknowledged that pathogens present in water can cause infection in water users. Micro-organisms can enter through the oral route (ingestion), through the eyes, ears and nose or through an open wound. Alarmingly, with certain pathogens it takes only one viral particle to cause an infection. Infections can even be contracted from the aerosol spray blown from the water's surface as micro-organisms are contained within the minute water droplets that are unsuspectingly inhaled. Pathogens don't all die off quickly in the marine environment either. Some pathogens can survive for long periods of time, such as, hepatitis A, which can survive for up to 100 days in saltwater!

Reducing sewage treatment can have serious impacts on the health of all recreational water users including surfers, waveriders and swimmers.

Like many surf spots around the UK, Pease Bay has it's best surf season outside the traditional bathing season which runs from May – September. Ever improving wetsuit technology means surfers can enjoy their sport for hours at a time, even in the depths of winter. This is also true for all water sports, not just surfing. Kite surfers, windsurfers, sailors, kayakers amongst other water sports all enjoy fantastic conditions outside the bathing season, all over the UK. Water users need year round protection from the health risks of using water polluted by untreated sewage effluent.

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