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, in 2016 this was 100%.
Below is information on how we got there and how we’ll keep it that way…

Lovely Lancaster

Lancaster City Council loves their beaches! They are determined to have cleaner seas by incorporating LOVEmyBEACH into the council’s [Download not found] plan. They use every opportunity to make improvements and spread the message to their staff, communities and businesses.

Local schools are pledging their support for the campaign and the Morecambe Visitor Information Centre stocks LOVEmyBEACH merchandise. Hotels and B&Bs like The Craigwell and prestigious Midland are becoming LOVEmyBEACH businesses and display bedroom browsers, leaflets and stickers. Lancaster City Council staff are getting behind the campaign learning about sources of pollution, talking to schoolchildren and have the logo on their vehicles and uniforms.

Together with Emma McColm of the Morecambe Bay Partnership, they have litter and dog poo busting events to raise awareness of how dog fouling can affect bathing water quality. In 2012 United Utilities completed a scheme at St Nicholas Lane Pumping Station near Carnforth to reduce the number of spills from the sewerage system during wet weather. There is additional improvement work at the Midland Terrace Combined Sewer Overflow proposed within the United Utilities’ investment programme 2015 to 2020. If you’d like to help Morecambe Bay beaches, check out our events section or contact Emma directly!

Lancaster City Council support

Check your drains

If you love the beach, please check your home or business is connected to the right drainage system. Wrongly connected plumbing could mean dirty water from toilets, dishwashers and showers is going into surface water drains and therefore directly into your local river or sea. No one wants to swim and paddle in dirty waste water and it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to have correctly connected drains. When connected to the foul sewer, the waste water runs to the sewage treatment works for cleaning. Surface water drains are meant only for rainwater – only pour down them what you’re happy for people to swim and paddle in.

Checking is really straightforward – there’s lots of information and tips at www.connectright.org.uk You can find a local plumber using the postcode look up if you need help or someone to correct the misconnection. Thanks for looking after our rivers and seas!

Summer’s coming

Just had to share this – posted on our facebook page by Helen Dent. Does this mean Summer’s coming? Sure feels like it with this lovely sunshine! Our followers are so amazing. If you’re feeling creative please share your ideas and photos with us about how you and your family, school, business, dog, loves the beach. We love hearing how you’re supporting us. You don’t have to live by the sea to make a difference. You can email us enquiries@lovemybeach.org, follow us on twitter @LOVEmyBEACH_NW and ‘like’ us at facebook.com/lovemybeachnw

LOVEmyBEACH cocktail umbrella