Wildersmouth: let's improve water quality | Graphic: Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage has announced the launch of the Cleaner Coastal Catchments, a project to improve water quality in Porth and Ilfracombe, in the United Kingdom.

A water catchment is an area where water from any form of precipitation (rain, melting snow, ice or run-off water) drains into a river, ocean, estuary, lake or reservoir.

Cleaner Coastal Catchments aims to raise awareness about how large the coastal catchments are and how small changes you can make will help the local beaches. Without intervention, these beaches are predicted to fail European water quality standards.

Wildersmouth and Hele (Ilfracombe), as well as Porth (Cornwall), are currently predicted to fail water quality standards. Surfers Against Sewage want to help these communities, local industries and local authorities deliver water quality improvements.

Citizens, businesses and organizations are invited to pledge and take action to improve bathing water quality in these coastal spots. The seven pledges are:

1. Keep fats, oils and greases out of the sewerage system;
2. Always think before I flush and keep sanitary items out of the sewerage system;
3. Understand the function of my coastal catchment and to make sure the actions I take within the catchment do not lead to an impact on my bathing water;
4. Investigate my property for misconnections. If I find any misconnections within my property I shall have them correctly connected to the sewerage network;
5. Reduce my water consumption and to install water saving actions within my home;
6. Be vigilant for potential pollution incidents affecting my local coastal catchment and to report them appropriately;
7. Use the safer seas service to be aware of water quality and make an informed choice about if to go into the sea or not;