Bathing water quality
There are two stretches of the Wyre coast that are designated bathing waters, Fleetwood and Cleveleys, and eight across the Fylde coast.
Bathing waters are designated outdoor swimming spots at beaches and lakes. The bathing water season is 15 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.
Even where the water meets the standards, sometimes water quality can be reduced, particularly after heavy rain, so please look out for temporary signs or information online that may advise against swimming.
The Fylde Peninsula Water Management Partnership - made up of Wyre Council, Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, Environment Agency, United Utilities, Merlin Entertainments and Keep Britain Tidy - is working with regional partnership ‘Turning tides’ towards making all eight bathing waters on the Fylde coast continue to pass the European standards.
Bacteria in the water comes from a number of sources and can vary, but the three main sources are: water draining from farms and towns during heavy rain; untreated sewage mixed with rainwater filling the system and overflowing into rivers and the sea (to prevent homes from flooding); and homes and businesses draining dirty water into the wrong pipes.
Members of the public can also play a big part by thinking about what they flush, not dropping litter and joining in regular beach cleans through the LOVEmyBEACH campaign. Another measure aimed at keeping our beaches and sea water clean is that dogs aren't allowed on Fleetwood and Cleveleys beaches during the bathing water season.
- Environment Agency website - check the quality of beach and bathing water in England
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