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Wednesday 25 April 2018
25 April 2018 - NEWS UPDATE
Green Living

Budleigh Salterton needs pollution action to meet new bathing water standards

Bathing water at Budleigh Salterton is at risk of failing tough new standards for water quality, the Environment Agency has warned.


The Environment Agency, East Devon District Council, local business leaders and interest groups are meeting to discuss how to meet the challenge of improving water quality at the Devon estuary town.
From 2015 much more stringent water quality targets come into force under the revised Bathing Water Directive. The Environment Agency is concentrating on tackling sources of pollution before the targets come into force.
Karen Irwin from the Environment Agency said: “It is only a year before we need to meet tighter bathing water standards and everyone has a part to play. We are working on those beaches which might struggle to meet the new targets.
“Pollution can come from a variety of sources including agricultural run-off, sewage overflows and animal and bird faeces on beaches. Households and businesses with badly connected drains, or drains blocked with fats and oils, or nappies can also pollute bathing waters.”
She added: “The Environment Agency is tracking down specific sources of pollution at Budleigh Salterton. We will continue to work with our partners and the local community to tackle these.”
Cllr Tom Wright commented: “The quality of bathing waters around our coast has never been better, but we are having to meet ever improving standards. We know that most of the time the water quality at Budleigh is high, but can be affected by pollution, particularly after heavy rain.
“We are all working together to improve bathing water quality and East Devon are seeking the help of local residents and businesses. A further meeting is planned to rally local support.”
During the bathing season the Environment Agency takes weekly samples from local bathing waters at specific locations where the average density of bathers has been shown to be the highest
The revised Bathing Water Directive is an updated version of the current Bathing Water Directive, which is now more than 30 years old, and sets higher water quality standards. It also puts a stronger emphasis on the management of bathing waters by the beach operator and greater provision of public information.
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