Environment Agency Wales is investigating a sewage spill which has entered the Clwyd Estuary today (Friday 15 Feb).
The cause of the spill has been identified as a burst sewage pipe at an industrial estate in Kinmel Bay.
Environment Agency Wales officers attending the incident have confirmed that a large amount of sewage has polluted the Ffynon Ddol stream this morning and has now reached the Clwyd Estuary.
The Agency is making sure all is being done to stop the pollution at source and action is taken to rectify the problem.
The bathing water at Rhyl is likely to be affected as the sewage spill continues. However, it is not currently the official Bathing Water testing season so this will not affect the classification of the beach.
David Edwell from Environment Agency Wales said:
“We are urging Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water to carry out this repair as quickly as possible to limit its impact.Denbighshire County Council has issued a warning about the potential of poor water quality and is putting up warning signs on its beaches.
“Our officers have taken water samples from the estuary and beaches for analysis to assess the effect this incident is having on the environment.
“This will form part of our investigation as we consider what enforcement action we will need to take as a result of this incident.”
The Council advise that people and animals should stay out of the water until further notice. People who come into direct contact with this water are advised to wash with soap and clean water.