21 November 2019Bathing water quality at Sedgemoor’s beaches
Both Brean Beach and Berrow Beach have been classified Excellent under the revised Bathing Water Directive.
Berrow North of Unity Farm has improved from a Good to Excellent.
The Environment Agency monitors water quality from May to September at over 400 bathing waters.
There are four water quality classifications - Excellent, Good, Sufficient and Poor. These are set according to the level of bacteria in the water based on guidelines produced by the World Health Organisation to protect health.
Up to 4 years of results from 2016 - 2019 are combined to let you know how clean the water is over that time. Classifications can be found on signs displayed at designated bathing waters by local councils. The Environment Agency also makes the results available online.
The consortium consists of the Environment, Wessex Water, Sedgemoor District Council, Burnham Town Council, Natural England, the Internal Drainage Board, Litter Free Coast & Sea Somerset, Surfers Against Sewerage, local tourism groups and the National Farmers Union to try and reduce the possible sources of pollution affecting the beach at Burnham.