Agency puts Burnham's sea water quality data online
new website has been launched by the Environment Agency giving
constantly updated information about sea water quality in Burnham-On-Sea
as new EU regulations come into force.
comes after Burnham was this week placed on an Environment Agency
list of 25 British beaches that are at risk of failing to meet
the new European water quality standards this year.
than 99% of English beaches passed last year's tests, but this
is forecast to drop by 6%, with the water of 25 beaches possibly
classed as "poor" due to the more stringent EU standards.
week until the end of September, Environment Agency (EA) officials
will wade in to the sea to take water samples in Burnham and at
400 locations across England.
agency's results will be available on a new
web page here with sea quality warnings.
has already installed a sea
quality warning sign on the town's jetty building to display
if the standards have been passed and whether or not people should
the new EU regulations, in order to attain the "excellent"
rating, the concentration level of bacteria can be only half of
what used to be allowed. It
will also be harder to avoid the bottom "poor rating"
under the regulations, which were introduced in January.
Meanwhile, Wessex Water has a programme
of work underway at Highbridge's water treatment plant to
improve the sea water quality in Burnham-On-Sea.
Mitchell, executive director of environment and business at the
Environment Agency, said: "Good bathing water is essential
for people's health, local tourism and economic growth, and these
new higher standards for bathing water will further protect the