notices in Burnham will
warn sea swimmers of water quality dips
signs are being introduced in Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean
to warn swimmers when sea water quality is unfit for swimming
Environment Agency and Sedgemoor District Council are working
together to provide better information on when pollution may pose
a risk to bathers.
notices, like the one pictured here, will only be put up for short
periods of time when there is a risk, such as after heavy rain.
will be on display at the top of Burnham's jetty and the entrances
to the beach car parks in Berrow and Brean.
initiative could help Burnham to address the strict new EU water
guidelines coming into affect from next year where beaches that
fail the tougher tests will have signs erected informing people
that swimming is not advised.
Gainey from the Environment Agency told Burnham-On-Sea.com this
week: "Just as we forecast flood risk and encourage people
to take appropriate action, the Environment Agency also forecasts
increases in the risk of pollution which can have a short-term
impact on bathing waters."
these cases it is for local authorities to respond, and Sedgemoor
District Council is one of several to sign up to this scheme in
which they put up temporary beach signs advising people of the
increased risk of poor quality. This tends to happen after heavy
added: "If a sign is displayed when the Environment Agency
comes to test the water, and if certain other conditions are also
satisfied, the results of that weeks test could be discounted
from the overall score for the year."
ensures that at beaches where water quality is normally good,
the long term classifications will reflect this, tourism is encouraged
and the local economy is protected."
also ensures that when bathing water is likely to have temporarily
deteriorated, people are informed of the short term risks."
added that the Environment Agency tests sea water quality in England
once a week during the bathing water season.
tests are carried out to monitor the quality so that action can
be taken to protect the quality and to inform the public before
they choose where to bathe.
week, we reported here
how Burnham's MP Tessa Munt has stepped in to try and find a solution
for the issue in Burnham amid concern that the EU rules could
hit the local tourist trade.