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Clean Sweep

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South West Water's £2 billion project has transformed the region's bathing waters and sewerage network.

In two just decades, 250 crude sewage outfalls have been closed and a further 140 complementary projects carried out in order to modernise sewage treatment in the South West.

This major investment has improved water quality at 144 bathing sites in the South West. The final scheme at Polperro in Cornwall was completed in 2011. 

Twenty years ago, many communities lacked the most basic sewage treatment and the region's reputation as a tourist haven was under threat.

After spending £100 million on its inland waste water programme, South West Water has further helped clean up the region's rivers and ensuring they remain healthy ecosystems to support strong fish stocks and other wildlife.

Clean Sweep Timeline

Clean Sweep locationsDelivery year
Bigbury/Challaborough, Devon1992
Bude, Cornwall,1992
Seaton, Devon1992
Thurlestone, Devon1992
Teign Estuary, Devon1993
Fowey, Cornwall,1995
Gorran Haven, Cornwall1995
Lyme Regis, Dorset1995
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall1995
Pentewan, Cornwall1995
Perranporth, Cornwall1995
Portwrinkle, Cornwall1995
Salcombe, Devon1995
Penzance, Cornwall1996
St Agnes, Cornwall1996
Camel Estuary, Cornwall1997
Exmouth, Devon1997
Ilfracombe, Devon1997
Lynmouth, Devon1997
Mevagissey, Cornwall1997
Porthleven, Cornwall1997
Taw/Torridge, Devon1997
Combe Martin, Devon1998
Looe, Cornwall1998
Plymouth, Devon1998
Seaton/Downderry, Cornwall1998
Wembury, Devon1998
Newquay, Cornwall1999
Porthallow, Cornwall1999
Dawlish, Devon2000
Ernesettle, Devon2000
Falmouth, Cornwall2000
Saltash, Cornwall2000
Sidmouth, Devon2000
Camborne, Cornwall2001
Dartmouth, Devon2002
Torbay, Devon2002
St Austell, Cornwall2005
Stoke Fleming, Devon2005
Cape Cornwall2006
St Gennys, Cornwall2007
Treknow, Cornwall2007
Polperro, Cornwall2011

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