GIBRALTAR’S lack of a sewage treatment plant has landed the UK government in trouble with European courts.

Gibraltar pumps its sewage into the sea at Europa point
Gibraltar pumps its sewage into the sea at Europa point

The Rock is one of 17 locations with insufficient sewage treatment referred to the European Court of Justice by the European Commission.

Gibraltar pumps its sewage into the sea at Europa Point, a direct breach of EU legislation from 1991.

Surfers Against Sewage campaign director Andy Cummins said the legal action could ‘set a precedent’ for the UK water industry.

“We have been calling for a maximum of three spills during the bathing season and nine for the entire year – that might sound like a lot but some of these CSOs are discharging 60 or 70 times a year.”

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