WHY ARE CLEANER COASTAL CATCHMENTS IMPORTANT?

Cleaner Coastal Catchments are essential for improving bathing water quality at the beach. Every action that takes place in a catchment has the potential to impact coastal bathing waters. If we have clean catchments we will have better bathing water quality for everyone to enjoy.

WHAT IS A CATCHMENT?

A water catchment is an area of land through which water from any form of precipitation (such as rain, melting snow or ice) drains into a body of water (such as a river, lake or reservoir, or even into underground water supplies – ‘groundwater’).

HOW CAN I HELP CLEAN UP MY CATCHMENT?

You can help by pledging to the Cleaner Coastal Catchment solutions found here.

HOW IS WATER QUALITY MEASURED?

Each bathing season water quality inspectors from the environment agency take samples at every designated bathing water to monitor their quality. These are analysed and the results are posted on our websites. The bathing season in England and Wales runs from May 15th – September 30th.

WHAT IS THE BATHING WATER DIRECTIVE?

The (revised) Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC) was fully implemented in English law on 24 March 2015. It updates the old Bathing Water Directive and regulations. The overall objective of the revised Directive remains the protection of public health whilst bathing, but it also offers an opportunity to improve management practices at bathing waters and to standardise the information provided to bathers across Europe. The revised directive water quality standards are much more stringent than those for the old Directive.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY BEACH FAILS THE BATHING WATER DIRECTIVE?

If a bathing water fails the directive, permanent signs will be put up to warn users against using that bathing water. This could lead to a reduction in investment and improvement of the water quality.

HOW CAN ONE PERSON’S ACTION HELP?

If everyone was to commit to changing their actions to help protect the bathing water then we should see an improvement in water quality. One person’s actions can encourage others and together we can make a big difference.

SHOULDN’T SOUTH WEST WATER CLEAN UP THE SEA?

There isn’t one specific source of pollution impacting water quality at the Cleaner Coastal Catchment beaches of Porth, Wildersmouth and Hele. The investment and systems South West Water have in place at these locations mostly operate as intended, protecting the bathing water by treating sewage in the treatment works located close to the beaches.

SHOULDN’T THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY CLEAN UP THE SEA?

The Environment Agency is the regulator measuring the water quality at bathing water and working with stakeholders to deliver improvements. The Environment Agency carry out considerable work on protecting our bathing waters, they provide funding and grants as well as expertise to help tackle pollution problems. They are also responsible to taking action against pollution incidents. The work of the Environment Agency is part of the solution, but without the work of the community, their efforts will be wasted.

I DON’T USE THE SEA, WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT CLEAN COASTAL CATCHMENTS?

Cleaner Coastal Catchments are important for investment, tourism, wellbeing and the natural capital value of the region. Many of the Cleaner Coastal Catchment solutions will also directly save you money!