March 25, 2015
Wessex Water starts project to improve Burnham's sea water quality

Work 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.

Wessex Water has said this week that its work on the project will start in the next few weeks at its pumping station in Highbridge.

The 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.

Kelvin Brick, the firm's project manager for the first phase, told "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."

Burnham's Mayor Martin Cox welcomed the news this week and told "This is brilliant news - improving our sea water quality is top of the Town Council's list of local problems to address."

"Installing 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."

A 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.

The changes means that bathing water in Burnham-On-Sea may fall below the new standards unless improvements are made to water treatment facilities.

Wessex Water is spending £39m on improving water quality in the Burnham area, as first reported last October.


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