MP supports new water quality bill to clean up sea
MP James Heappey has co-sponsored a new parliamentary Bill which
aims to crack down on the amount of sewage entering our seas.
the past few years, Burnham has struggled with the quality of its
bathing water and Mr Heappey says he has been working hard to ensure
this improves, as well as pushing for a better understanding of
what is causing the water to be rated as poor.
Bathing Waters Bill would introduce penalties on water companies
if sewage was found to have been pumped into the sea.
fines would then be used for three things to prevent any contamination.
These would be: providing farmers with funds to store water in attenuation
ponds to slow down the water flow, creating more lakes and reservoirs
and providing water butts in residential properties.
Heappey says these measure would help Burnham build on the work
it has already done to tackle the issues.
told Burnahm-On-Sea.com: "I am pleased to support this Bill
as I know a lot of hard work has gone in to significantly improve
the water quality in Burnham over the past few years."
behaviour of local residents has improved dramatically but we needed
to make some big changes with regards to farms and these measures
would help them to do all they can to help. Burnham-on-Sea is a
fantastic place to visit and we want to make sure our water is of
the highest standard so we can provide the best experience we can
as a seaside town."
Bill has also been endorsed by Surfers Against Sewage and The Angling