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Even cleaner seas for South East Cornwall

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Seaton, Cornwall
A £4.9million scheme to deliver even cleaner seas off South East Cornwall has been successfully completed in time for the start of the official bathing water season.

To improve bathing water quality at East Looe, South West Water has constructed a 1,040 cubic metre underground storage tank in the Lower Sungirt long stay car park in Liskeard and a 300 cubic metre underground storage tank on land adjacent to the A38 off New Road, Liskeard.

To improve bathing water quality at Seaton, the company has made improvements to Menheniot Sewage Treatment Works, including installing ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and providing storm water storage capacity, as well as installing monitoring devices on the storm overflows in the village's sewerage network.

This additional storm water storage capacity will reduce the number of storm discharges during extremely wet weather.

Work started in Menheniot in April 2014 and was completed in January 2015. In Liskeard, work started in June 2014 and was completed last week.

Senior Project Manager Mike Court said: "In total, the work represents a £4.9million investment in bathing water quality in the area, which will benefit the tourism industry across South East Cornwall.

"We believe that, with the help of the local community, this major investment will help deliver even cleaner seas for Seaton and East Looe, in time for the new European bathing water standards.

"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."

For more information see www.southwestwater.co.uk/evencleanerseas.

Notes for editors

  • South West Water has invested more than £2billion to transform bathing water quality across the region over the past 20 years
  • That investment continues - we are currently completing £20million of schemes to further improve bathing water quality at Lyme Regis, Teignmouth, Torbay, Mothecombe, Seaton (Cornwall), East Looe and Combe Martin in preparation for the European Union's revised bathing water directive
  • This investment is being financed from South West Water's own resources and does not impact on the average household bill. South West Water is the only water company committed to this early investment
  • Between 2015 and 2020 we will deliver further bathing water improvements, while pegging average bills well below inflation
  • We remain committed to working with other organisations and local communities so that residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy the South West's beautiful beaches.

Published: 27 April 2015

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