and Berrow beaches praised in sea water quality report
and swimmers using Brean and Berrow beaches have this week been
told the sea water quality there is of a high standard.
Bathing Water Quality Group has this week warmly welcomed the news
that Brean beach has been classed as 'excellent' and Berrow as 'good'
under EU water standards.
group was delighted that water quality has improved at the beaches
but were disappointed to hear that the bathing water quality at
Burnham Jetty North Beach has again been classified as 'poor,' as
for the Bathing Water Quality Group said: "We are so pleased
that we are very nearly there with the classification at Burnham
huge amount of work has been done over the season and the results
are paying off."
has a part to play in protecting and improving our local bathing
we continue to work together to reduce pollution, we can improve
water quality and ensure our bathing waters and coastal communities
continue to thrive."
Water is among several organisations working to improve the sea
water quality further.
Water work to enhance the sewerage system in and around Bridgwater,
Cannington, Combwich and Highbridge should be one of the final pieces
in the jigsaw to improve things together with all the work by the
partners and the local community," said a spokesman.
over the past five years has been done to investigate a range of
pollution sources. These include household plumbing wrongly connected
to surface water systems, overflows from sewerage infrastructure,
agricultural inputs, run-off from agricultural land, dog waste,
sewage treatment works and septic tanks."
is a huge catchment area related to the sea at Burnham-on-Sea and
the bathing beach is located at the mouth of the two large rivers
that drain this area. There is not one discharge source causing
the problems; there are 'thousands' of sources of pollution across
a huge catchment area of the Rivers Parrett and Brue."
years of concerted effort by members of the group have brought Burnham
Jetty North much closer to passing the tougher standards. The group
will continue its efforts to tackle the problems across the catchment
area. This includes a multi-million pound investment by Wessex Water
to help improve the bathing water quality."
Sensitive Farming (CSF) has been working with farmers to help reduce
tackle bacteria loads from agricultural sources. CSF helped secure
in excess of £9 million or Rural Development Grant towards
funding improvements on farms in the wider catchment. This has been
match funded by farmers equivalent to a total spend in excess of
£18 million locally."
organisations which make up the group are:- Department of Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs; Environment Agency; Internal Drainage Boards;
James Heappey MP; National Farmers Union; National Health Service;
Natural England; Sedgemoor District Council; Surfers against Sewerage;
Tourism sector and Wessex Water
Environment Agency monitors water quality throughout the summer
to ensure people can make informed choices about when and where
to bathe, swim and paddle. The classification categories of water
quality are 'excellent', 'good', 'sufficient' or 'poor'. The classifications
are based on the level of bacteria in the water as monitored by
the Environment Agency between May and September. For more information,