Thursday, 14 January 2010

Red River

On Sunday 10th Jan the river Frome turned red all along the Grove Woods/Snuff Mills stretch. This alarming colour was accompanied by a sticky foam (not to be confused with the more normal froth when the river level is high) which coated the entire surface and lasted for at least 8 hours. The incident was reported to the Environment Agency who investigated. With help from a similar report phoned in from a member of the public at Folly Brook on Tuesday they believe they have now traced the source to an area in Westerleigh. They obviously need any further incidents reported as soon as possible to enable them to come out to test & trace the pollutant. If anyone see anything of this nature please phone the Environment Agency pollution incident hotline - 0800 80 70 60. It's free and is open 24 hours a day.

UPDATE: The source of the pollution has been traced to a business but we are unable to say more as it is now the subject of a prosecution. There have been no further incidents.

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