Surfers Against Sewage is launching the Safer Seas Service app today, it is a national real-time water quality app that sends free app alerts to surfers and beach users when sewer overflows discharge untreated human sewage into the sea and when water quality is reduced by diffuse pollution.
As we all know this is occurring more and more often across the UK, even when it isn’t raining but the good news is 315 beaches across England and Wales are covered.
Warning of pollution incidents in real-time via the Safer Seas Service helps means you can try and find unaffected beaches that have the best water quality exactly when they want to hit the beach. The Safer Seas Service app is free to download for iPhones, iPads and mobile Android devices from iTunes and Google Play.
The app will also shops you discharge history so you can see how often your water company is dumping waste at your local.
The Safer Seas Service app is an enhanced version of SAS’s Sewage Alert Service app. Since launching, the service has issued real-time alerts for a shocking 3,665 individual sewage spills at beaches nationwide. The updated Safer Seas Service will not only warn beach users about further untreated sewage spills, but also incorporate new daily predictions on the impacts of diffuse pollution at 164 beaches across England and Wales.
There is no other service in the world that provides such complete and up to date information on water quality. Surfers Against Sewage wants beach users to visit, use and enjoy UK beaches, but avoid contracting some of the serious illnesses associated with bathing in polluted waters. The Safer Seas Service also has some additional features to help us all protect water quality, report pollution incidents and further the public’s understanding of the health threats.
As well as the new app, the Safer Seas Service warnings are also displayed on an online map and available as free SMS messages from the SAS website for any none smart phone users.
Andy Cummins Surfers Against Sewage Campaign Director says: “Whilst other organisations report on last year’s water quality, the Safer Seas Service tells beach users what’s happening at their favourite beach in real-time, allowing them to have the safest and best fun possible on our beaches. The Safer Seas Service truly is this summer’s must have beach accessory, download it for free today at SAS.org.uk”
Health impacts from sewage and diffuse pollution: Health impacts from water borne pollution can range from eye, ear and throat infections to the more serious inflictions such as gastro enteritis, E. coli and hepatitis. For more information on the health risks please visit: http://www.sas.org.uk/the-risks-of-mixing-with-sewage/
Safer Seas Service beaches in the South West
Bude Crooklets Bigbury-on-Sea North Clevedon Beach Bude Summerleaze Blackpool Sands Minehead Carbis Bay Porth Kidney Sands Breakwater Beach (Shoalstone) Dunster Crantock Broadsands Uphill Slipway, WSM East Looe Budleigh Salterton Weston-super-Mare Fistral Challaborough Beer Gyllyngvase Dawlish Coryton Cove Sidmouth Town Harlyn Bay Dawlish Town Ladram Bay Holywell Bay Dawlish Warren Shaldon Instow Exmouth Watcombe Lusty Glaze Goodrington Thurlestone North Mawgan Porth Hollicombe Bigbury-on-Sea South Par Ilfracombe Capstone Wildersmouth Mothecombe Pentewan Ilfracombe Tunnels Beach Bovisand Perranuthnoe Lynmouth Plymouth Hoe East Polkerris Meadfoot Plymouth Hoe West Polzeath Oddicombe Seaton (Cornwall) Porth Paignton, Paignton Sands Millendreath Porthcurno Paignton, Preston Sands Readymoney Porthleven West Salcombe North Sands Crinnis Golf Links Porthminster Salcombe South Sands Portmellon Porthtowan Saunton Sands Gorran Haven Little Perhaver Portwrinkle Teignmouth Holcombe Porthluney Rock Teignmouth Town Porthcurnick Swanpool Torre Abbey Maenporth The Towans (Godrevy) Wells Porthallow The Towans (Hayle) Westward Ho! Mounts Bay Marazion Towan Woolacombe Village Mounts Bay Heliport Trevone Bay Woolacombe, Barricane Bay Mounts Bay Penzance Widemouth Sand Seaton Mounts Bay Wherry Town Godrevey Wembury Croyde Bay Sennen Dunster North West Ilfracombe Hele St Agnes (Trevaunance) Porlock Weir Combe Martin Babbacombe Blue Anchor West Berrow North of Unity Farm Bantham Burnham Brean Weston Main
Safer Seas Service beaches on the south coast
Avon Beach, Christchurch West Bay Lyme Regis Front Beach Boscome Pier, Bournemouth Weymouth Lodmoor Stokes Bay Bournemouth Pier West Street East, Brighton Hillhead Bowleaze Cove Hove Lawn East, Brighton Gurnard Branksome Chine, Poole Littlehampton Coastguards Cowes Castle Cove, Portland Harbour Bognor Regis West Ryde Charmouth West Hayling Island Beachlands St Helens Eypemouth Ventnor Bexhill Fisherman’s Walk, Bournemouth Yaverland Pevensey Bay Friar’s Cliff, Christchurch Sandown Lancing, Beach Green Hengistbury West, Bournemouth Shanklin Worthing Poole Harbour Rockley Sands West Bay Felpham Ringstead Bay West Wittering Beach Folkestone Sandsfoot Castle, Portland Harbour Colwell Bay Littlestone Seatown Kimmeridge Bay Camber Shore Road Beach, Poole Lulworth Cove Hastings Swanage Central Lyme Regis Church Cliff Beach Portland Harbour Castle Cove Portland Harbour Sandsfoot Castle
Safer Seas Service beaches on the east coast
Herne Bay East Runton Sea Palling Tankerton Felixstowe South Sheringham Botany Bay, Felixtowe North Shoebury East Joss Bay Frinton Shoeburyness Westbrook Bay Gorleston Skegness Margate Main Great Yarmouth North Southend Chalkwell Beach Minnis Bay Great Yarmouth Pier Southend Jubilee Beach Ramsgate Great Yarmouth South Southend Leigh Bell Wharf St Mildreds Bay Heacham Southend Thorpe Bay Stone Bay Hemsby Southend Three Shells West Bay Holland Southend Westcliff Bay Anderby Creek Humberston Fitties Southwold The Deans Brightlingsea Hunstanton Main Southwold The Pier Caister Point Hunstanton beach Sutton on Sea Chapel St Leonards Ingoldmells Walton Clacton Groyne 41 Jaywick Wells Clacton Martello Tower Lowestoft North West Mersea Clacton Lowestoft South Broadstairs, Viking Bay Cleethorpes Mablethorpes Town Herne Bay Cromer Moggs Eye Leysdown Dovercourt Bay Mundesley Minster Leas Safer Seas Service beaches in the north east Bridlington North Cullercoats Withernsea Bridlington South Druridge Bay North Spittal Cayton Bay Druridge Bay South Newbiggin North Filey Newbiggin North Blyth South Beach Hornsea Newbiggin South Seaton Sluice Runswick Bay Redcar – Granville Terrace Tynemouth Cullercoats Robin Hoods bay Redcar Coatham Seaham Hall Beach Scarborough North Redcar Lifeboat Station Seaham Beach Scarborough South Redcar Stray Crimdon Staithes Saltburn Seaton Carew North Whitby Staithes Seaton Carew Centre Withernsea Tynemouth King Edwards Bay Flamborough South Landing Bamburgh Tynemouth Longsands North Wilsthorpe Beadnall Tynemouth Longsands South Fraisthorpe Safer Seas
Services beaches in the north west
Blackpool Central St Bees Blackpool South Blackpool North Allonby Fleetwood Bispham Allonby South Morecambe South Cleveleys West Kirby Haverigg Morecambe North Ainsdale Seascale Walney West Shore Southport Allonby Walney Biggar Bank St Annes Silloth Walney Sandy Gap St Annes North Safer Seas Service beaches in Wales Broadhavern Llangrannog Cemaes Newgale Aberystwyth South Llanfairfechan Manorbier Aberdyfi Penmaenmawr Newport North Criccieth Llandudno West Shore Poppit West Aberdaron Rhyl