Bathing Water Quality on the Fylde Coast has improved dramatically in the last 10 years. It’s down to a lot of hard work and investment, which is seen in the annual bathing water classifications.
Wyre Bathing Waters Rated ‘Good’
For 2018/19, Wyre’s bathing waters have been awarded two stars and classified as ‘good’ by the European cleanliness standards for the third year in a row. That’s the bathing beaches at Fleetwood and Cleveleys.
The bathing water season runs from 5 May to 30 September each year when the Environment Agency tests the water each week for levels of bacteria, taking 20 samples at each site every year.
These sites must meet strict European guidelines on water quality, with the aim of protecting the health of people who may want to swim, paddle or even just splash and play there.
Councillor Roger Berry, with responsibility for the beaches in Wyre, commented: “I’m absolutely delighted with this year’s bathing water quality results that recognise how well-managed and maintained Wyre’s bathing waters are.
Clean beaches with the help of our partners
“They have been achieved with support from our partners at the Environment Agency and United Utilities. Not forgetting the many residents who take part in community beach cleans along the coastline on a regular basis. Thank you to all those who continue to help look after our beaches.”
The council works closely with other organisations across the North West on a variety of initiatives to improve the quality of beaches and bathing waters. That includes building new flood defences and sustainable drainage to reducing pollution from sewage systems, agricultural land and surface water outfalls.
Councillor Berry added: “This really shows that we have both quality beaches and clean water, making Wyre’s coast an attractive and enjoyable place to live and visit.
“Members of the public can play a big part in improving beaches and bathing waters. Think about what you flush, don’t drop litter, join beach cleans and always pick up after your dogs.”
Bathing Water Quality on the Fylde Coast in 2017
Bathing Water tests throughout 2017 rate all of the Fylde Coast bathing waters as Good – and one’s Excellent!
Back in 1988 only 18% of the North West’s bathing waters met minimum standards. By 2016 this changed dramatically to 100%.
The turnaround was the work of the Turning Tides Partnership and the efforts of all of the independent voluntary and community groups along our coastline.
The high standards were maintained in 2017 with 11 of the 31 bathing beaches in the North West being rated as excellent. That’s the highest, cleanest class and the standard required for Blue Flag status. 14 more have been rated as Good.
The results of tests taken through 2017 determine the Beach Awards for 2018. Blackpool kept the hard-won Blue Flag status for Blackpool South Beach (opposite the Pleasure Beach). The bathing waters have been rated Excellent there for the third year running.
Fylde Coast Bathing Water Quality Update 2017/2018
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How you can help to maintain these standards:
– Pick up dog poo and litter
– Follow the dog control orders and keep your dog off the beach in summer
– Avoid feeding the birds at the coast
– At home – only flush the 3P’s (that’s pee, poo and paper!)
– At home – put fats, oils and greases in the bin
Find out More
Find out more about how Bathing Waters are tested, plus how you can get involved in looking after our coastline.
Improving Bathing Water Quality on the Fylde Coast
Since 2011 the Fylde Peninsula Water Management Partnership has worked hard to look after Bathing Water Quality on the Fylde Coast.
The Partnership is made up of public and private sector companies. There’s been increased investment in the area’s sewer network, as well as the creation of teams of volunteers and businesses to look after the quality of the Fylde Coast seas.
At the same time, the Turning Tides partnership in the North West is creating bathing waters that the region can be proud of. They’ve been working with key local authorities across the region, along with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, United Utilities, Environment Agency and the National Farmers Union.
Since its inception in 2012, the partnership has helped reduce the impact of pollution in our sea water from inland, coastal and river sources, protecting bathing water quality and helping to sustain seaside economies.
In 1988, only 18% of the North West’s bathing waters met minimum standards for cleanliness. Now, all 31 bathing water sites in the North West have passed the tough new standards, with 12 being classified as ‘excellent’.
United Utilities has invested more than £600m along the Fylde Coast on schemes to capture and treat wastewater since the early 1990s. This included a huge storage tunnel system at Preston to improve the Ribble Estuary. £200m worth of infrastructure improvements have been carried out at north Blackpool alone, including the storm water storage tank and new outfall pipe at Anchorsholme Park.
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