Towns added to 'BeachLive' site
PUBLISHED: 11:30 11 May 2012
Water quality updates which benefit bathers now include live results for Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.
Bathing water quality in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton will for the first time be flagged up on a website alerting beach users to any risk of pollution.
South West Water’s BeachLive website has doubled in size for summer 2012, with the addition of 20 new beaches in Devon and Cornwall.
The website features 41 Blue Flag and popular beaches across the region, with live water quality updates from 35 of these – including Exmouth and Budleigh, which have been added this year.
BeachLive was launched last year in partnership with the Environment Agency, Surfers Against Sewage, tourism leaders and beach managers.
New for this year is a service offering users free text message alerts from their five favourite beaches.
South West Water operations director Stephen Bird said: “BeachLive is about giving beach users information they can use to make an informed decision on whether to swim or surf. Last year’s trial website received nearly 17,000 page views during the bathing water season and we had lots of positive feedback.
“This year we’ve added more beaches, extra features and a free text message alert service which we hope will add even more value for our customers.”
South West Water said blue flags would be posted on the BeachLive website when there was no risk to water quality from the operation of combined sewer overflows. Amber updates would be highlighted, and emails and text messages sent to beach operators, when significant overflows occurred.
The amber flags would be removed after 12 hours if all partners and Environment Agency data agreed there had been no significant overflows.
This year a new red flag has been introduced to indicate when a beach has been closed due to other circumstances, such as dangerous currents or an oil spill.
For more information, log on to www.beachlive.co.uk