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 and we are thrilled to mark the end of the Clean Sweep programme with the completion of the final phase at Polperro, near Looe, this summer.
The £5 million scheme at Polperro includes constructing a sewage screening station at Scilly Cove and a 330-metre pumped long-sea outfall. The works will improve sea water quality and provide environmental protection to the area.
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 locations||Delivery year|
|Teign Estuary, Devon||1993|
|Gorran Haven, Cornwall||1995|
|Lyme Regis, Dorset||1995|
|Mawgan Porth, Cornwall||1995|
|St Agnes, Cornwall||1996|
|Camel Estuary, Cornwall||1997|
|Combe Martin, Devon||1998|
|St Austell, Cornwall||2005|
|Stoke Fleming, Devon||2005|
|St Gennys, Cornwall||2007|