A £500,000 scheme to deliver even cleaner seas off Lyme Regis was successfully completed in time for the start of the 2015 official bathing water season.
To improve bathing water quality at Lyme Regis, South West Water has constructed an 86 cubic metre storm storage tank at Uplyme Sewage Treatment Works to reduce the number of storm discharges from our network during extremely wet weather.
Work started in October 2014 and was completed in March 2015.
The Environment Agency has identified a range of factors adversely affecting bathing water quality at Lyme Regis (Church) beach including urban drainage, agricultural run-off, dogs and birds (specifically pigeons). Improving South West Water's infrastructure is only part of the solution - all factors need to be addressed if Lyme Regis (Church) is to reach the new 'sufficient' standard from 2015.
You can help by checking your property is correctly connected to the foul drainage system - investigations by the Environment Agency and South West Water have identified that homes with plumbing that is incorrectly connected into the surface water system are a source of faecal pollution to some of the bathing waters in the South West. Some drains lead directly to rivers and beaches, so please don't pour paints, oils or chemicals down them. Nappies, wipes, cotton buds, fat, oil and food waste can all block drains and cause pollution so please dispose of them correctly.