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  • Bathing water compliance

    Bathing water quality 660

    The only bathing water within our region that is failing to meet the 'satisfactory' standards is at Burnham Jetty - this is a result of tigher directive standards rather than any underlying deterioration in water quality.

    It is also why our performance commitment for beaches passing EU standards is reported at 98% against our target of 100%. We have an agreed programme to improve our assets that may affect the Burnham Jetty bathing water.

    We completed the National Environmental Programme during 2016-17, achieving 100% performance against target to deliver schemes. Output from the programmes include:

    • constructing a 1,200m3 underground storage tank at Sloway Lane pumping station near Highbridge
    • increasing pumping capacity at Blake Gardens in Bridgwater to reduce overflow operation
    • proactively investigating misconnections of foul flows that could end up in the River Parrett in Bridgwater
    • installing 67 event duration monitors at overflow locations.

    We are supporting Litter Free Coast and Sea project in both Dorset and Somerset to raise awareness and ownership of bathing water quality and to promote behaviour change campaigns for local residents, tourists and businesses.

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