BATHING WATER QUALITY – LOCAL BEACHES

You can now check up on the quality of the bathing water at your favourite local beach by clicking on this link to the Environment Agency’s website – http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/127626.aspx

This is a real improvement in the availability of important environmental information but remember the site only displays historical data and cannot show topical values for sewage-related bacteria.   For obvious reasons, the site does not include any details about local sewage works ‘by-passes’, whereby after heavy rainfall, untreated but coarsely filtered sewage is allowed into the environment e.g. into the Avon at Aveton Gifford, up to 10 times per year!

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