Porth beach is in the centre of Porth village. The beautiful wide sandy beach tapers into a narrow strip of sand towards the low tide mark, shouldered by dramatic granite cliffs on either side.

This popular beach is dissected by a stream and has parking directly on the beach.

Porth’s catchment (the catchment is the area of land that can influence the water quality) reaches back as far as Fraddon & Goss Moor and includes Porth village, Newquay airport, Porth reservoir and thousands of acres of farmland. Without intervention, Porth Beach is predicted to fail the bathing water directive. To ensure Porth has the best opportunity to escape the unwanted consequences of failing the European water quality standards Surfers Against Sewage has developed a bespoke action plan.

This addresses the issues that are impacting water quality throughout the catchment. The plan was developed by SAS, consulting SAS regional reps and regional and national experts from the Environment Agency. We have identified a range of simple solutions that can be adopted by individuals, industry, farmers and local authorities to deliver Cleaner Coastal Catchments.

Threats to Porth’s water quality:

Protecting Sewers and Being More Water Aware

Increased urban developments, with hard standing, non-permeable surfaces (including roads and buildings) leads to an increased runoff of rainwater into the sewerage system. This means water enters rivers and often overpowers sewerage systems. These systems are unable to cope with the rapid increase in water, which can lead to flooding and sewer overflowing.

Unnecessary use of water in homes and businesses also puts excessive pressure on our sewerage system. While choice of chemicals used in everyday activities can also enter our bathing waters through this route.

Fats, Oils and Greases Blocking The Sewer Network

When Fats, Oils and Greases (FOGs) are poured down the sink they quickly cool and congeal on sewer walls, reducing the volume of effluent the sewers can carry to the sewage treatment plant. Fats, oils and grease (mixed with sanitary products) are responsible for an estimated 253,000 sewage discharges, with an estimated clean up cost in the region of £80 million. FOGs can also block household and business drains resulting in significant remedial work.