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  • Bathing water compliance

    Bathing water quality 660

    Weather, industrial and agricultural influences can impact negatively on the water quality at the region’s beaches.

    We are working hard to understand and reduce the impact of our operations by improving sewage treatment work discharges and intermittent discharges from combined sewer overflows.

    All our bathing waters passed the EU’s mandatory compliance standard during 2013 as a result of good weather in the summer.

    Our £26m improvement scheme at Weston-super-Mare sewage treatment works was completed in April 2013 prior to the bathing season.

    This provides improved treatment, greater ultraviolet disinfection and storage capacity for storm waters and sampling results showed a good improvement in effluent quality from the site.

    Ahead of a revised Bathing Water Directive coming into effect in 2015, we have been working with the Environment Agency and others to identify sites that will need further improvement by 2020.

    Four sites were added to our innovative Coastwatch overspill notification system for the 2014 bathing water season - Chideock, Abbotsbury and Ferrybridge pumping stations, and Henleaze Lake.

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