Surfers and water users will take to the beach this weekend in the battle to get South West Water to deal with repeated sewage discharges into bathing waters at Godrevy.
On Saturday at 1.30pm, beach users and Surfers Against Sewage supporters will be calling on the company to stop untreated human sewage pouring into the sea at the popular beach.
A spokesman for Surfers Against Sewage said they and members of the community felt compelled to act after South West Water discharged sewage three times in a two week period during June/July 2014 , which directly affected surfers, bathers and businesses.
From 1:30pm to 2:15pm campaigners in wetsuits will gather on the beach with placards and banners calling for South West Water to stop polluting the environment.
Local resident, beach user and business woman Karin Howey, said; "This is the 21st century and we do not live in a third world country so how can it be acceptable that South West Water can allow untreated sewage on to our beaches.
SAS campaign director, Andy Cummins, said: "The community are sending a clear message to South West Water, this level of repeat polluting is unacceptable. There are easy and obvious solutions and it’s now time for South West Water to listen to SAS and the community and stop treating the environment as a dumping ground."
Sewer overflows are used as an emergency discharge to help alleviate storm water and untreated sewage when the system becomes close to bursting. However SAS believes these sewer overflows should only ever be used after extreme rainfall events and that the local community are "adamant these sewage discharges are happening far too frequently with unacceptable consequences".
Adding this is a "clear indication is that there are maintenance problems or other serious deficiencies in the waste water treatment system", the group is also concerned the Environment Agency sampling programme is "misleading" at Gwithian because they are "taken from an area of the beach that avoids the impacts of the Red River and South West Water’s sewage discharges".