Over the last 20 years we’ve made huge progress in making our beaches and bathing waters cleaner. In 1988 only 18% of our bathing waters met minimum standards, compared to 100% in 2014. But from 2015 the standards are much stricter so there’s more to do…

Sustainable drainage

70% of the sewerage systems in England and Wales are made up of combined sewers, meaning they carry both sewage and rain water off for treatment at the sewage works. A combined storm overflow (CSO) is effectively a safety valve which prevents sewage backing up into homes and businesses. In extreme circumstances CSOs act as relief valves for the sewerage system by discharging directly into rivers and the sea, rather than to a sewage treatment works, preventing rainwater mixed with sewage from flooding homes. Some CSO discharges will affect bathing waters and the more rain we have the more discharges occur.

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LOVEmyBEACH co-ordinators

There are LOVEmyBEACH co-ordinators for the Fylde, Sefton and Morecambe Bay areas. They are passionate about our beaches and work with schools, local businesses and alongside volunteers to spread the message about how special our coastline is. Their mantra is ‘everyone can do something to help, even without leaving your front door’! For example what you pour down your sink or flush down your toilet can impact on the capacity of our already stretched sewage system.

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