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…

Pain in the drain!

What do you do with the fat from your Christmas turkey? If you don’t make gravy, perhaps you pour it down the sink thinking it’s hot and will melt away down the pipe? It doesn’t! It dries and goes hard, blocking sinks and drains. Blockages can be expensive to sort out and can cause untreated sewage to run into homes, gardens, streets and even end up in rivers, the sea and on beaches. So please don’t pour fats, oils and greases from cooking food such as roasts or bacon down the sink and don’t let food scraps like rice, peas and beans go down the drain.
To keep your drains in tip top condition pour or scrape fat into a heat resistant container, when cool put in the bin. Wipe food scraps away with kitchen roll and throw into the bin and use a sink strainer to capture food. For larger quantities of oils, contact your local council who’ll let you know how to dispose of them and where your local recycling centre is.
Every year there are 28,000 blockages in sewers across the North West, many of these are avoidable. For more tips on how to keep your sewers clear at Christmas, visit the United Utilities’ Think Before You Pour website www.unitedutilities.com/fattrap

Scooper heroes!

Barkdale Dog Grooming and Spa is a business in Hillside, Southport, doing everything they can to support our campaign. They spread the message to their clients on the importance of caring for our beaches and bathing waters. They offer advice on beach etiquette whilst walking dogs, the importance of clearing up after dogs and bin drop points on the wonderful walks in Formby and the Southport areas. They have also been giving out lots of free poo bags to encourage people to pick up after their dogs!

Laura Wright from Barkdale said: “We heard about the LOVEmyBEACH campaign earlier this year and have been fully supportive of it ever since. In the Sefton area, we are so fortunate to have the beach and dunes on our doorstep, not only to have the benefits of the beautiful views but the amazing dog walks that run for miles through stunning settings. Every day, we walk dogs on Sefton’s beaches, much like our clients do. Our favourite thing about our coast is watching the seasonal changes that occur. No walk is ever the same. You can walk the miles of coast and see migrating birds in the winter, the endangered Natterjack toads growing through the spring, the holiday makers embracing the rare summer sunshine and the crisp first footsteps on the dunes in the winter. All on our doorstep. That’s why it’s so important that we all show our support. We each have to take responsibility for keeping our beaches clean and safe to enjoy now and in the future. Barkdale Dog Grooming and Spa encourages everyone to… LOVEmyBEACH.”

Barkdale staff support love my beach

United Utilities improvements

United Utilities’ business plan for 2015 to 2020 includes a £3.8bn package of improvements for the region’s water and sewerage infrastructure, which is good news for North West beaches.

Steve Mogford, Chief Executive Officer, said “We’re building on nearly 25 years of investment since privatisation which has delivered real improvements in tap water quality and the environment. Our focus is shifting over the next five years more on wastewater improvements which, through the work with our partners, is good news for bathing waters and North West tourism.”

You can read the full story on the United Utilities website.

We still need your help to improve bathing waters – please visit the ‘What can I do?’ section to find out how you can help!