Water's £39m bid to improve Burnham's sea quality welcomed
Water's decision to spend £39m on improving sea water quality
in Burnham-On-Sea has been welcomed this week.
earlier this week, millions of pounds have been pledged by the
water firm for sewerage infrastructure improvements in the Burnham
area which will contribute to an improvement in water quality
and help it to meet new EU regulations coming into force next
those welcoming the announcement is James Heappey, Burnham's Conservative
parliamentary candidate, pictured, who has been working
on a plan to improve the sea water quality.
said: "I'm delighted that our MEP Julie Girling has made
such great progress in getting Wessex Water and the Environment
Agency to do their bit in improving the bathing water off Town
thought it was so defeatist when some in the town were advocating
that we simply gave up on that stretch of beach and promoted bathing
further up the beach instead."
will take time for these improvements to come through but the
bottom line is that the best thing for Burnham and our local tourist
industry is that we tackle the problem and work hard to make things
with Julie and Ken Smout, weve managed to get Wessex Water
and the Environment Agency to do their bit but our
meeting in the town in July concluded that there was a third
part of the jigsaw too."
now need to make sure that we keep the beach and promenade tidy,
that we dont pour the wrong things down our drains and that
we clean up after our dogs. It only needs a small change from
each of us to make the improvement needed for our bathing water
to be graded better in the future."
is great news for Burnham and proof that it pays to be positive
and seek a solution. We may not see the improvement in time for
next year but the key is that the improvement comes before the
categorisation becomes permanent. Im confident that we can
Wheeldon, Wastewater Strategy Manager at Wessex Water, added:
"We have an ambitious plan to deliver these projects within
a tight timescale which will help to improve bathing water quality
at Burnham Jetty. As a company we have a longer term vision to
remove rainwater from our sewers within this area but we recognise
that this needs the co-operation of a wide range of people from
local councils to businesses and individual householders."
work will include increasing storage in the sewerage network to
reduce the frequency of spills from combined sewer overflows,
providing ultraviolet disinfection at more sewage treatment works
and a large overflow, and working with public authorities, businesses
and communities to reduce the amount of rainwater entering the
sewerage network and reducing its capacity.