beach water quality data now available online
to Burnham-On-Sea beach can check up on real-time information about
bathing water quality using a Wessex Water website.
The firm is offering the free advice for surfers and beach lovers
via its online Coastwatch service.
Hosted on the Wessex Water website, Coastwatch allows people to
access real-time information about bathing water quality and also
learn whether any combined sewer overflows (CSOs) have been in use.
Wessex Water spokesman Peter Orchard says that CSOs operate occasionally
during periods of intense rainfall when sewers are at full capacity,
preventing heavily-diluted foul water from flooding roads, properties
and open spaces.
"Coastwatch provides information for all 348 miles of coastline
in our region and is used by thousands every year," he added.
"Our beaches are among the cleanest in the country thanks to
improving sewage treatment processes and upgraded infrastructure,
ensuring that water quality continues to meet the expectations of
customers and holiday makers."
The same data is also shared with the Environment Agency, local
councils and the charity Surfers Against Sewage.
The Coastwatch website can be accessed here.