The Marine Conservation Society reports, May 2015: “A new era in beach information — as beaches get set to meet a stricter bathing guidelines the MCS popular website goes beyond the beach. We’ve published our Good Beach Guide to campaign for better water quality since 1988. We can now reveal that it has achieved many […]
» Campaigns » 7: UK Bathing Waters & Combined Sewer Overflows
- Marine Conservation Society launches new Beach Guide
- Surfers Against Sewage Warns of 1,496 Pollution Events This Last Bathing Season
- Bathing Water Directive 2007/7/EC, full text
- Bathing Water Results for 2013/2014
- New Bathing Water Directive for 2015
- New EU Bathing Water Directive
- Victory at last for sewage pollution campaigners at Whitburn, Sunderland
- Surfers Against Sewage question the integrity of the Blue Flag awards for clean beaches
- Pathogens identified in sewage contaminated bathing water
- Continuing Sewage Pollution of Beaches
- EC to take the UK to Court over Waste Water Directive 91/271/EEC
- MARINET member explains storm sewage problem at Whitburn
- Press Release – British Bathing Waters
- A Response to DEFRA
- UK Infringement on Bathing Waters
- Wastewater and Sewage Treatment
- Blue Flags, Blue Flag look-alikes and Jolly Rogers
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have warned the public of almost 1,500 separate pollution incidents from 786 separate sewer overflow discharges and 771 predicted diffuse pollution events that occurred at UK beaches during the this last years ‘Bathing Season’ in England and Wales. This resulted in 212,772 real-time pollution warnings being issued to subscribers to their […]
We provide here the full text of the new EU Bathing water directive which applies to all UK designated bathing waters from 2015 onwards.
DEFRA’s Bathing Water Newsletter of June 2014 contains the Bathing water results of 2013, the findings for 2014, the European Commission Bathing Water Report of 2013 plus information about the implementation of the revised Bathing Water Directive. These can be seen on-line by going to: www.gov.uk/government/publications/bathing-waters-in-england-2013-compliance-report www.gov.uk/government/publications/bathing-waters-2013-projected-classifications-in-england http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/water/status-and-monitoring/state-of-bathing-water/state/state-of-bathing-water and www.gov.uk/government/collections/bathing-waters
We provide here the full text of the new Bathing Water Directive [Titled: DIRECTIVE 2006/7/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 15th February 2006 concerning the management of bathing water quality and repealing Directive 76/160/EEC] which becomes operative in 2015.
We provide here the full text of the new EU Bathing Water Directive, 2006/7/EC, concerning the management of bathing water quality in the UK and which repeals the old (existing) Directive, 76/160/EEC. The old Directive is not actually repealed until 31st December 2014. However the UK is currently employing the standards of the new Directive […]
A historic, long fought for victory has been achieved by Bob Latimer and his supporters with respect to the illegality of sewage discharges to sea at Whitburn, Sunderland.
We record here research published by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) on 6th August 2010 which suggests that around one-quarter of the beaches in the UK which are flying the premier quality Blue Flag are, in fact, experiencing contamination from local sewage discharges.
We provide here the full text of the publication Swimming in Sewage published jointly in 2004 by the US Natural Resources Defence Council and the Environmental Integrity Project.
From the many Combined Sewage Outfalls that have not been updated since their installation in Victorian times despite far higher population discharges.
The European Commission has today decided to take the United Kingdom to the European Court of Justice over non-compliance with EU environment legislation. The Commission is concerned that the urban waste water collecting systems and treatment facilities in London and Whitburn in North East England are inadequate and a threat to human health.
from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOsA combined sewer overflow (CSO) is the discharge of wastewater and stormwater from a combined sewer system directly into a river, stream, lake, or ocean. Overflow frequency and duration varies both from system to system, and from outfall to outfall, within a single combined sewer system. Some CSO outfalls discharge infrequently, while others activate every time it rains. During heavy rainfall when the stormwater exceeds the sanitary flow, the CSO is diluted. The storm water component contributes a significant amount of pollutants to CSO. Each storm is different in the quantity and type of pollutants it contributes. For example, storms that occur in late summer, when it has not rained for a while, have the most pollutants. Pollutants like oil, grease, fecal coliform from pet and wildlife waste, and pesticides get flushed into the sewer system. In cold weather areas, pollutants from cars, people and animals also accumulate on hard surfaces and grass during the winter and then are flushed into the sewer systems during heavy spring rains.) being used by Northumbrian Water to avoid the building of properly sized rainwater and foul water sewers, and adequate sewage treatment works.
UK Government concealing serious health risks.
Here is MARINET’s correspondence with DEFRA concerning ‘Bathing Water Newsletter’ detailing the implementation of the forthcoming revised 2006/7/EC Bathing Waters Directive.
The story of our work with the Urban Waste Water Directive
The reasoning, the methodology, terminology and results
Just what do those blue flags mean?