Environment Agency get to the bottom of poor water quality at Enbrook Stream in Folkestone

Contributed by editor on May 15, 2019 - 02:30 PM


Sandgate Parish Council has taken prompt action after a number of reports over the past few months concerning the cleanliness of water in Enbrook Stream.

The issue was followed up with the Environment Agency which has now responded saying: "We are aware of the ongoing issue with the Enbrook stream. We have undertaken extensive investigations and have identified a misconnected domestic property discharging in to the stream."

The agency explains: "Misconnections are reasonably common and occur when a properties drainage or an appliance is plumbed in to the rain water drains rather than the foul sewer system.

"We have been working with the local authority and the property owners to rectify the issue, and work to fix the pipe is due to begin on the 20th May. If the problem in the stream continues when the misconnection is fixed we will carry out further investigations, but we are reasonably confident that we have found the problem."


"The nearby designated bathing water at Sandgate is currently at 'Excellent' status, the highest standard it can achieve. The Bathing water was last sampled on the 1st of May 2019 where potentially harmful bacteria was at below detectable levels.

"For more information about this bathing water and others please visit our bathing water explorer. " 

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