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Life’s a beach on World Ocean’s Day

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Anglian Water launches new bathing water animation for World Ocean's Day with top tips to keep beaches and bathing waters clean.

The East of England is home to some of the country’s best bathing waters with a whopping 96% of them boasting ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ water quality ratings. And with World Ocean’s Day on June 8 (Thursday), Anglian Water is asking those planning on visiting the coast to do their bit to help look after our region’s much loved beaches and seas.

World Ocean’s Day is a global day of celebration geared towards protecting our oceans. This year’s theme is ‘our oceans, our future,’ so there’s no better time to ask day tourists, holiday makers, local communities and businesses to pitch in and help by taking a few simple steps to keep beaches in tip top condition this summer.

Anglian Water has launched a new animation featuring these top tips on how people can help keep our beaches and seas clean:

  • pick up litter – it attracts birds and rats
  • clean up after your dog
  • don’t leave food for sea birds to eat – they poo in the sea and each bird poo is equivalent to 10 human number twos
  • use an approved WaterSafe plumber to check you drains are connected correctly – wrongly plumbed in toilets, sinks and white goods send dirty water straight to the sea
Dr Lucinda Gilfoyle, who leads Anglian Water’s coastal strategy, said: “We’re delighted that so many of our bathing waters in our region are now rated ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’, especially as the results are judged on the tougher new European bathing water quality standards.

“We know how important the high standards of the region’s coastal waters and beaches are for local tourism economies and seaside businesses.That’s why we’ve invested over £300million over the last 25 years to improve our monitoring, fix the historic issues that were previously affecting bathing water quality and to do our bit. Now the seas in the East of England are cleaner than they’ve ever been. But there’s still more we can all do.

“Simple things like leaving litter on the beach, feeding the birds on the shore, or not clearing up after your dog can have an impact on the quality and cleanliness of our seas. These and other forms of diffuse pollution, including misconnected private toilets and run off from roads and pavements, is widely accepted to be cumulatively the biggest factor affecting bathing water quality today.

“These smaller, harder to pinpoint sources of pollution are not linked to Anglian Water equipment. But we see it as our responsibility to work with coastal communities, through our dedicated Coastal Water Protection Team, to help them address anything that poses a risk to bathing water quality, and the wider economy that depends on good, clean seas.”

 

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