Agency puts Burnham's sea water quality in the spotlight
failure of Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow's sea water to meet
strict new European water quality standards will be in the spotlight
when the Environment Agency holds a special event in the town
year, Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here
how Burnham was one of only 11 out of 191 beaches in the South
West that failed to meet the new EU standard.
the wake of the findings, the Environment Agency and Sedgemoor
District Council are holding a bathing water workshop aimed at
local business owners and landowners on Wednesday May 2nd.
event is designed to increase awareness of the European-wide revised
Bathing Water Directive and outline the new directive's requirements,
the timetable for implementation, and explain the potential impact
on local businesses.
workshops will be held on May 2nd in the Pizey Room at Burnham's
Princess Theatre from 2-4pm and 5-7pm when all will be welcome.
Agency spokesman Jim Flory told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have
decided to hold this event because we want to be sure that local
business owners and farmers in Burnham-on-Sea are aware of the
tighter standards of the new Directive and what that means to
"Good quality bathing water is a top priority for the South
West because we recognise its vital importance to the regional
economy and wellbeing."
improve bathing water quality we all need to work on agricultural
diffuse pollution, urban diffuse pollution, the effects of wet
weather, and sewerage issues. Everyone has a role in reducing
pollution and improving bathing water quality."
revised Bathing Water Directive, introduced in 2006, significantly
changes the way bathing waters are managed with quality standards
directive introduces a new classification scheme - Excellent
which is approximately twice as stringent as the current guideline
standard; Good which is similar to the current guideline
standard; Sufficient which is tighter than the current
mandatory standard; and Poor which is for non-compliant
Environment Agency will sample bathing waters on a four-year rolling
programme and report against the new classifications for the first
time in 2015. All bathing waters need to achieve a classification
of at least sufficient.
second part of the revised Directive will be a greater emphasis
on beach controllers providing public information at the beach.
If a site is classified as 'poor' in 2015 measures will have to
be taken and advice against bathing posted by the beach controller,
which here in Burnham is Sedgemoor District Council.
Top, Burnham jetty; centre, the Environment Agency sea water testers
at work; above, a busy beach at Brean