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Sea water pollution fight is on!

The Environment Agency was in Blackpool today to take water samples off the beach, a measurement which might prove crucial to the resort's future as new EU regulations come into force in 2015.
Environmental Monitoring Assistant Sarah Marshall takes a sample.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
18-5-2013

The Environment Agency was in Blackpool today to take water samples off the beach, a measurement which might prove crucial to the resort's future as new EU regulations come into force in 2015. Environmental Monitoring Assistant Sarah Marshall takes a sample. PIC BY ROB LOCK 18-5-2013

Efforts to tackle pollution in Blackpool’s bathing waters have been stepped up to prevent signs being put up warning people not to swim in the sea.

The Revised Bathing Water Directive comes into force in 2015 to increase the standard of bathing water quality across the region and meet the European Union’s new standards.

The Environment Agency tested water at North Pier to find sources of pollution in the Irish Sea and tackle them to clean up the area.

Elaine Fisher, of the Environment Agency, said: “We are working hard with our partners including water companies, local authorities and farmers to identify and tackle sources of pollution at all bathing sites in the region.”

Although water quality has improved in 10 years, the Environment Agency is looking deeper into the causes of pollution, including homes and businesses being connected to the wrong sewers.

Clean bathing water and beaches could also lead to Blackpool winning a prestigious Blue Flag award.

This year’s Good Beach Guide revealed Blackpool North and Blackpool South beaches both passed its test, but Cleveleys failed.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for urban regeneration at Blackpool Council, said: “In recent months there have been organised beach cleans which have seen great turn-outs and it now really is a case of every little helps.

“Remembering to take your litter home and observing the signs to ensure dogs are not taken on designated beaches are just a couple of small steps which will have a big impact in helping to improve the quality of our beaches and bathing water.”

 

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