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SEWAGE PUMP FAILURE LEADS TO POLLUTION

EArivermedinaSewage from homes and businesses on the Island has leaked into the River Media following a severe mechanical failure at a pumping station on the outskirts of Newport.

The Island’s largest pumping facility, located just off of Fairlee Road, suffered a severe equipment failure, which has lead to sewage entering the River Medina.

The station was taken offline for a short period of time to allow work to be carried out on a main sewer, however when switched back on, the pumps became blocked with sanitary products and failed to restart.

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All three pumps are reported to have failed, however two of three are now back up and running.

A full-scale response has been launched by the Environment Agency, who are working alongside Southern Water to minimise any further pollution to the area.

An investigation is underway.

Photo: Environment Agency staff at the scene this morning

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