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!