May 3, 2011
website lets you check water quality before taking a sea dip
new website has been launched by Wessex Water this week which
lets beach users check the quality of the sea water in Burnham-On-Sea,
Berrow and Brean before they take a swim.
Visitors and residents can quickly find out whether bathing water
quality has been affected by stormwater which is flushed into
the sea following heavy rainfall using the website here.
Water and sewerage companies throughout the country occasionally
use emergency and combined sewer overflows if sewers become swamped
in a bid to prevent flooding.
Any foul water is very dilute because of the large amount of
rainwater in the system, but campaigners have lobbied for information
on when sewer overflow spills have happened.
Dr Julian Dennis, of Wessex Water, said: "Although for many
years we have notified local councils if our emergency or combined
sewer overflows that might affect bathing water quality have been
in use, this is the first time we have been able to provide information
for the public to see."
Wessex Water is also working on a new mobile phone app and text
alert system so sea users can find out the latest on bathing water
quality via their phone.
to beaches in Burnham, Brean and Berrow