Sewage leak

BATHERS AT Vau beach, near Portimão, were forced to leave the beach as sewage was discharged onto the sand last Friday.

According to eye witnesses, the discharge, caused by a fault in a nearby water treatment plant, lasted for 10 minutes, leaving the sand black and a foul smell in the air.

A spokesman for Águas do Algarve told The Resident that the problem was due to a power surge which caused the malfunction of a sewage gate. All was resolved within two hours and the beach is now safe. We are installing a security system to avoid a repeat situation.”