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Bathing water quality

We have two designated bathing waters in Wyre - Fleetwood and Cleveleys. We are proud that both are rated as Good by the Environment Agency

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 every week for levels of bacteria, taking 20 samples at each site every year. The sites must meet strict 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.

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.

Wyre Council is part of The Fylde Peninsula Water Management Partnership, Turning Tides and LOVEmyBeach, groups which all work together to promote water quality and the enjoyment of our coastline.

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.

We welcome dogs on the majority of our beaches however we don’t allow dogs on Fleetwood and Cleveleys bathing beaches from 1 May to 30 September every year to help keep our bathing waters clean and healthy. Anyone exercising their dog on these beaches during this period will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. Dogs are welcome on other stretches of the beach during summer meaning there’s still plenty of space they can enjoy.