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…

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

Happy fat trapper

Have you heard of a fat berg? It’s when fats, oils and greases which have been poured down the sink, cool and solidify in the drains and create a mountain or ‘berg’ of fat. A blocked sewer can cause overflows into rivers and seas and sometimes back into homes when waste water can’t pass through the system. At LOVEmyBEACH we don’t that to happen in homes or end up on the beach. Thankfully it’s really easy to avoid! Simply wash out an empty sauce or jam jar or any heat resistant container, pour fats, oils and greases from cooking into it and when it’s cooled scrape the fat into the bin and start again. You are then a happy fat trapper blockage stopper! Here’s one we made earlier…

Fat trap jar