May 15, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea Coastal Officer to hold drop-in event on water quality

Today (Sunday, 15th May) marks the beginning of the new bathing water season across Europe when the sea water quality is monitored to protect the health of those using it and to safeguard the environment.

A sign will also be put up at Burnham Jetty, advising people not to swim because of the 'poor' bathing water classification.

Burnham-On-Sea's Coastal Officer Harriet Yates-Smith, pictured, will be holding a drop-in event for those who are unsure about what the new classification means.

From 11am - 2pm on Sunday May 15th and Thursday May 19th, Harriet will be at the Bay View Cafe on The Esplanade to answer questions about the new bathing water standards and why Burnham has been classed as 'poor'.

Although bathing is not being advised at Burnham-On-Sea beach the great crew of Sedgemoor District Council's beach wardens and the RNLI will be monitoring the beach and making sure everyone stays safe. The RNLI Lifeguards will be patrolling from 9th July to 4th September, 10am-6pm.

Harriet said: "Improving bathing water in Burnham-On-Sea is everyone's responsibility so I wanted to give the community the opportunity to come and speak to me to ask any questions they aren't clear on."

"Work is already underway by Wessex Water, the Environment Agency, Sedgemoor District Council and Natural England to help improve the bathing waters but the community can also do their bit to make a difference."

'Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset' is a community-led campaign which is all about local people coming together to improve the bathing water and reduce marine and beach litter so Burnham-On-Sea is an even better place to live, work and play.

Harriet added: "Even if you prefer to bask in the sun than bathe, Burnham's reputation as an excellent seaside resort is influenced by its bathing water quality, so it's up to you to try and help create cleaner beaches and seas. Please come and chat to me on Sunday 15th or Thursday 19th to learn more about the issue and how you can get involved with Litter Free Coast and Sea Somerset."


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