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Even cleaner seas for Combe Martin

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Combe Martin
A £2million scheme to deliver even cleaner seas off Combe Martin, which started in September 2014, has been successfully completed in time for the start of the official bathing water season.

To improve bathing water quality at Combe Martin, South West Water has constructed a 325 cubic metre underground storage tank in the parish council coach park and a 300 cubic metre underground storage tank in the Glen Lyn car park.

The additional storm water storage capacity in the sewerage network and other improvements will reduce the number of storm discharges into the River Umber during extremely wet weather.

Senior Project Manager Mike Court said: "In total, the work represents a £2million investment in bathing water quality in the area, which will benefit the tourism industry in Combe Martin.

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

"The Combe Martin Clean Bathing Water Group and the Environment Agency are also working hard to improve bathing water quality.

"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: 1 May 2015

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South West Water
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