Mobile app sends water pollution alerts in the UK

August 3, 2014 | Environment
Surfing: untreated human sewage is killing our spots | Photo: Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has launched a real-time water quality app that protects all water users from pollution.

The Safer Seas Service is a pioneering free service that sends alerts to water users when sewer overflows discharge untreated human sewage into the sea, and when water quality is reduced by diffuse pollution at 315 beaches across England and Wales.

Surfers Against Sewage is basically doing what the government should do for all citizens. The best British surf spots are, many times, threatened by dangerous diffuse pollution, the term given to pollution from multiple, often unidentified sources.

Road, urban and agricultural run-off, leakage from septic tanks include pathogens, hydrocarbons, heavy metals and organic substances that will have a significant impact on human health.

When these threats reach dangerous levels, SAS is notified by participating water companies and issues a real-time sewage alert so surfers and other beach users can avoid this potentially harmful pollution incident.

The Safer Seas Service reports these daily predictions, both for good and poor water quality, in real-time, and for free.

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