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  • Burnham-on-Sea bathing water improvements

    We are working at locations along the mouth of the River Parrett and in Bridgwater on a £39m project to upgrade sewerage infrastructure to help improve bathing water quality of Burnham Jetty.

    It consists of 12 schemes in the area, involving various improvements such as increasing storage in the sewerage network, installing ultraviolet equipment to improve water quality of discharges to the environment, passing more flow to treatment and installing monitoring equipment.

    Burnham Jetty map

    Due to be completed in 2018, the work we are doing will ensure that we:

    • reduce the number of CSOs (combined sewer overflows) that are used at times of intense rainfall to discharge wastewater into watercourses
    • increase the capacity of our sewerage network to cope with extra flow and be able to store stormwater during times of intense rainfall
    • continue to treat sewage to the highest of standards so it can be released safely back into the environment.

    As well as our significant investment, we are also working with other organisations to help identify and resolve other sources of pollution that affect bathing water quality.

    This includes a partnership initiative to work with local communities to understand how our daily activities can have an effect on the quality of the bathing water. This will include working with dog walkers, local restaurants and cafes and residents to reduce levels of dog waste, presence of seagulls and misconnected drains which can all increase the levels of bacteria entering the sea.

    A coastal officer will be employed by the partnership to provide advice and assistance to local communities. To find out more about this initiative please email 

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