sea water quality sign for Burnham seafront as EU rules approach
new electronic sign has been installed on Burnham-On-Sea seafront
to warn swimmers and paddlers about sea water quality ahead of
controversial new EU regulations coming into force.
electronic sign, on the side of the jetty building at the top
of Pier Street, has been introduced in time for the start of the
busy tourist season.
Faun, from Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It's an upgraded way of communicating with beachgoers and
will have a range of purposes."
will be used for the bathing water quality announcements which
are currently written by hand and posted up by a certain time
new sign will allow this to be done remotely, and can be used
for all sorts of messaging."
sign has been installed amid fears that the EU's more stringent
bathing water standards, due to come into force over the next
year, may mean that swimming is not recommended in Burnham.
Wessex Water has major work underway at its Highbridge water treatment
facility to improve Burnham's sea water quality, as we
reported here last month.
work will take approximately a year to complete and will involve
treating storm water to a very high standard by installing innovative
ultraviolet (UV) disinfection facilities.
Brick, the firm's project manager for the first phase, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It is vital that work is done to improve the bathing water
in the area. Storm
flows will be treated to a higher standard which in turn will
benefit the bathing waters of Burnham Jetty and Bridgwater Bay."