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Torre Abbey, Torbay
A £5million scheme to deliver even cleaner seas off Torbay was successfully completed in time for the start of the 2015 official bathing water season.

To improve bathing water quality at Torbay, South West Water has constructed a 2,000 cubic metre underground storm storage tank at Abbey Park, Torquay, and a 360 cubic metre underground storm storage tank at Cockington Lane pumping station.

Other improvements included a seven cubic metre underground storm storage tank at Churscombe Cross sewage pumping station, Marldon, and improvements to Old Mill Road, Littlegate Road (Paignton) and Fleet Street combined sewer overflows.

The extra capacity and the other improvements will mean fewer discharges from our network during extremely wet weather.

Work started in April 2014 and finished in May 2015.

Senior Project Manager Mike Court said: "We believe that, with the help of the local community, this major investment will ensure that the people of Torbay continue to enjoy the benefits of top-quality bathing water for many years to come."

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.

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