The South West is blessed with beautiful beaches and clean seas.
BeachLive is South West Water's free, voluntary online advisory service on bathing water quality and the performance of the waste water network. Bathing water quality can also be affected by agricultural run-off, algae, animal waste, misconnections and urban drainage.
During or after heavy rainfall, the general rule at popular swimming spots is to think twice before entering the sea.
BeachLive is part of BeachWise, a partnership to promote the safe enjoyment of the South West's beaches and bathing waters. BeachWise is supported by Cornwall Council, the Environment Agency, Visit Cornwall, South West Water, Keep Britain Tidy, Marine Conservation Society, RNLI, South West Coast Path Association and Surf Life Saving Great Britain.
Step-by-step guide to how Beach Live works
Bathing waters in the South West of England have been transformed thanks to Clean Sweep. They are among the best in Europe and now in a step further we have launched Beach Live.
What are stormwater overflows?
Members of the public can help keep the sewerage system in their area flowing by thinking about what material they are putting down the toilet or sink. Putting inappropriate material into the system can cause blockages which lead to flooding or trigger a stormwater overflow to operate.
What else affects bathing water quality?
Bathing water quality awards explained
Blue Flags, Seaside Awards, excellent, good, sufficient...bathing water standards can be confusing. What do they mean? The main bathing water quality standards are explained here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Revised Bathing Water Directive
The European Union's revised Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC) came into force in March 2006 and replaces the current Bathing Water Directive (76/1160/EEC).
BeachLive won Community Project of the Year at 2012 Water Industry Achievement Awards