SEWAGE has reportedly been discharged into Burnham-on-Sea waters within the last 48 hours.

The Surfers Against Sewage website issued a warning for the area, which reads: "Pollution Alert: Storm sewage has been discharged from a sewer overflow in this location within the past 48 hours.

"Just to the north of the rivers Brue and Parrett estuaries, Burnham Jetty North is a large, sand and mud, gently sloping beach resort backed by sea defences with a large tidal range.

"Although there are no sewer overflows discharging directly onto the beach, there are several within the catchment area that discharge into the rivers.

"More overflows from the surrounding urban area may also affect bathing water quality here."

The term 'storm sewage' is used to describe sewage expelled from storm overflow drains.

These drains are designed to overflow when the sewerage system is at risk of being overwhelmed by excess water.

The sewage discharge in Burnham-on-Sea has likely been caused by the recent torrential rain which has caused flooding in many areas of Devon and Somerset.