Thanet council and MPs and the chief executive of Southern Water Ian McAuley met yesterday (June 22) to discuss the impact of the wastewater release from Margate’s pumping station last week.
The incident, overnight on June 16/17, was caused by a lightning strike. Southern Water says the strike caused a power outage and also disabled the telemetry systems, causing the discharge via the outfall. Power was restored to the site via power from the emergency generator but not in time to help the telemetry to control the site as intended.
It resulted in a release from the outfall pipes into Palm Bay and Margate Sands which has impacted the majority of Thanet’s coastline.