About Southport

Southport is a resort beach and has a very shallow gradient with large areas of sand exposed throughout the tidal cycle. Only at very high water is the beach completely covered up to the sea wall. There is a promenade above the beach and a pier to the north of the bathing water.

What we’re doing to improve bathing water quality…

The Environment Agency has worked closely with United Utilities to improve the sewerage infrastructure around Southport. The biggest impact on the bathing water quality were four storm overflows discharging untreated sewage onto the foreshore. Following the removal of these overflows significant investment was also made to upgrade treatment provision and disinfection at Southport Sewage Treatment Works. A disused outfall at the south of the pier has been found to have no impact on bathing water quality.

An improvement programme for the three Sewage Treatment Works on the River Ribble and its estuary has been put forward for United Utilities future investment programme. A significant improvement to sewer overflows includes the construction of a large storage tunnel in Preston.

There are large areas of farmland surrounding Ainsdale and following heavy rainfall excess water may not soak into the land, but run off into rivers and the sea, meaning the quality of the bathing water may decline.

This is a particular problem as high spring tides can cover the salt marsh and cause wash off from the land. In partnership with Natural England, we are working with farmers to enhance farming practices and reduce run off from farmland.

We are also undertaking a project to improve private treatment systems located on the South Fylde drains.


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Think before you flush…

To avoid blockages and overflows, please put disposable products such as wet wipes, cotton buds and sanitary items in the bin, not down the toilet. Remember our simple rule to only flush the 3 Ps: Pee, Poo and Paper. Nothing else should go down the loo - even if it says ‘flushable’ on the packaging!

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Think before you pour…

Don’t pour kitchen fats, oils and grease down the sink as they can cause sewer blockages, which can overflow into homes, seas, rivers and lakes. And road drains often lead straight into our rivers and seas. Please only pour things down the drain that you would like to swim in!

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Check your drains - it’s easier than it sounds…

Check your home or business is connected to the right drainage system. Wrongly connected plumbing could mean dirty water from toilets, dishwashers and showers going directly into your local river, lake or sea. Visit www.connectright.org for more information.

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Pick up your dog’s poo and bin it…

When you’re out walking your dog, please help by picking up your dog’s poo and putting it in a bin. Please check signs and only walk your dog in designated dog-friendly areas to help protect water quality and beaches. You may be fined if you don’t remove your dog’s poo.

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Check your septic tank…

If your property is connected to a septic tank, cess pit or package sewage treatment plant, please check it’s working correctly and keep it maintained. Faulty or poorly maintained systems can cause serious pollution problems.

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Catch your rainwater…

Use a water butt to collect rain water for your garden and help reduce the amount of water running into surface water drains or sewers.

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Put litter in the bin…

Especially food waste as it encourages birds and their poo can affect water quality. Broken bottles and cans can be dangerous for children and wildlife so please take them with you off the beach, or better still, put them in a recycling bin!

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Come along to a beach clean…

There are many active local groups organising beach cleans. Head to 'Events' to find out when the next event is, and if you can’t find one we can help you set up a new LOVEmyBEACH group.

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LOVEmyBEACH at work…

Speak to your employer about following some of these top tips in the workplace, such as fat traps for catering, or toilet stickers asking people to think before they flush.

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Spread the word about LOVEmyBEACH

Our beaches are important and the more people helping us keep them that way, the better! Every action goes some way to cleaner seas, beaches and lakes. Lead by example and share information about your beach and how to keep it clean and please encourage your local community and businesses to LOVEmyBEACH too.