AN INVESTIGATION has been launched over a potential sewage leak at Belhaven Bay.

East Lothian Council, Scottish Water and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have been working together since the issue was flagged up to them by a member of the public.

A spokesperson for the local authority confirmed a leak, near Dunbar and West Barns, was reported over the weekend.

They said: “Control of sewage and waste water treatment is a matter for Scottish Water with SEPA as environmental regulator.

“The council can support where able and appropriate to do so – particularly in respect of impact upon the environment – but was not called upon in this instance.”

Meanwhile, SEPA urged anyone who spotted signs of pollution to get in touch with them.

A spokesperson for the national organisation said: “SEPA is aware of reports of possible pollution in the water at Belhaven Bay on Saturday.

“Officers are investigating to identify any potential source.

“We urge anyone who spots signs of pollution to contact SEPA as soon as possible via the Pollution Hotline 0800 80 70 60 or online at”

Finally, a spokesperson for Scottish Water told the Courier: “Our teams investigated and did not identify any issues with our assets or spills from the network.

“We do not believe that the discolouration in the water was related to our activities.”