Beach Live is part of the national voluntary trial set up by the Cleaner Seas Forum and will run until the end of the bathing water season (30 September).
It has been developed in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage, tourism bodies, beach managers and the Environment Agency. Beach Live is one of four similar trials running this year in the UK but features the most beaches and has the most regularly updated information. To our knowledge, no other European country is offering beach users this kind of live information.
South West Water's £2 billion Clean Sweep investment has helped transform bathing water quality over the last 20 years. Beach Live is about demonstrating the value of that investment on a daily basis by giving beach users information they can use to make an informed decision on whether to swim.
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 are launching Beach Live.
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 combined sewer overflow to operate.
What else affects bathing water quality?
Bathing water quality awards explained
Blue Flags, MCS Recommended, Guideline...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