June 29, 2011
sea water quality checking tool proves popular in Burnham
of people interested in the quality of sea water on Burnham-On-Sea
beach have used a new online checking tool launched recently by
reported in May
how the new website allows users to check water quality at 47
bathing waters in the region. It has attracted 4,500 users within
the first two months of going live.
firm said on Wednesday (June 29th) that beaches in Somerset have
received the highest number of visits with Weston-super-Mare being
the most popular beach that people sought information on, followed
closely by Burnham-On-Sea.
Water says it is the first water and sewerage company to provide
information online that shows if any storm overflows have operated
which may have affected bathing water quality.
sewer overflows (CSOs) are used during intense rainfall so that
excess storm water can be released into rivers or the sea to prevent
homes and roads from being flooded.
Barden, Wessex Waters head of environment and conservation,
said: "There has been a phenomenal amount of interest in
the website facility with people throughout our region checking
water quality at their nearest beach. We carefully manage wastewater
and storm water discharges throughout our sewerage network and
at sewage treatment works to help protect bathing water quality
and ensure high standards are maintained."
Andy Cummins, campaign director for Surfers Against Sewage, welcomed
the move by Wessex Water to make sewer overflow information available
online. He said: "Its great to see Wessex Water provide
information at all their bathing waters, allowing beach users
in the region to make more informed decisions about how and when
they use the water."
Water said it welcomed visitors to provide feedback about the
website, which was launched initially as a trial. It is available