Even cleaner seas for Combe Martin

Posted: Tuesday 12th May 2015

A £2million scheme to deliver even cleaner seas off Combe Martin, which started in September 2014, has been successfully completed in time for the start of the official bathing water season.

To improve bathing water quality at Combe Martin, South West Water has constructed a 325 cubic metre underground storage tank in the parish council coach park and a 300 cubic metre underground storage tank in the Glen Lyn car park.

The additional storm water storage capacity in the sewerage network and other improvements will reduce the number of storm discharges into the River Umber during extremely wet weather.

Senior Project Manager Mike Court said: “In total, the work represents a £2million investment in bathing water quality in the area, which will benefit the tourism industry in Combe Martin.

“We believe that, with the help of the local community, this major investment will help deliver even cleaner seas for Combe Martin, in time for the new European bathing water standards.

“The Combe Martin Clean Bathing Water Group and the Environment Agency are also working hard to improve bathing water quality.

“You can help by checking your property is correctly connected to the foul drainage system – investigations by the Environment Agency and South West Water have identified that homes with plumbing that is incorrectly connected into the surface water system are a source of faecal pollution to some of the bathing waters in the South West.

“Some drains lead directly to rivers and beaches, so please don’t pour paints, oils or chemicals down them. Nappies, wipes, cotton buds, fat, oil and food waste can all block drains and cause pollution so please dispose of them correctly.”

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