A £671,000 scheme to deliver even cleaner seas off Teignmouth, which started in November 2014, has been successfully completed in time for the start of the official bathing water season. Emergency repairs to the damaged Eastcliff outfall pipe have also been finished.
To improve bathing water quality at Teignmouth Town beach, South West Water has constructed a 500 cubic metre underground storage tank in Teignmouth station car park.
The additional storm water storage capacity will reduce the number of storm discharges from the sewerage network during extremely wet weather.
Senior Project Manager Mike Court said: "We believe that, with the help of the local community, this major investment will help deliver even cleaner seas for Teignmouth, in time for the new European bathing water standards."
Teignbridge District Council, together with South West Water and partners the Environment Agency, Teignmouth Town Council, Teignmouth Harbour Commission and the Teignmouth and Dawlish Town Centre Development Manager are leading a Love Your Beach campaign to encourage everyone to do their bit to help to prevent pollution.
Teignbridge District Council's Resorts Manager Sarah Leech said: "Teignbridge welcomes the investment from South West Water. This will significantly reduce the number of times that the overflow should discharge into the sea and in turn help Teignmouth Town beach achieve a 'sufficient' rating under new EU bathing water standards.
"However, we also need the people of Teignmouth to contribute by doing other really simple things like picking up after their dog and not feeding seagulls or pigeons - things which can also contribute to beach pollution.
"Residents, traders and visitors have been really supportive of the Love Your Beach campaign and we'd urge them to keep up the good work."
For more information see www.teignbridge.gov.uk/beachesandresorts.