Water starts project to improve Burnham's sea water quality
is set to begin on the first phase of a major multi-million pound
project to help improve sea water quality in Burnham-On-Sea.
Water has said this week that its work on the project will start
in the next few weeks at its pumping station in Highbridge.
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."
flows will be treated to a higher standard which in turn will
benefit the bathing waters of Burnham Jetty and Bridgwater Bay."
Mayor Martin Cox welcomed the news this week and told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is brilliant news - improving our
sea water quality is top of the Town Council's list of local problems
new UV facilities is a brilliant idea and this is a step forward
towards improving the quality of our beaches and helping the tourism
economy, which is the lifeblood of our town."
change to EU policy back in 2006 has meant that the current classification
of bathing water will change in 2015/2016 to a more stringent
set of criteria.
changes means that bathing water in Burnham-On-Sea may fall below
the new standards unless improvements are made to water treatment
Water is spending £39m on improving water quality in the
Burnham area, as Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported last October.