Beaches fail water tests

Sixteen beaches in the South West have failed tests for bathing water quality following months of heavy rain. Summerleaze in Bude is among those named by the Marine Conservation Society.

Dirty beaches: full report

More than 15 beaches in the South West have failed tests for bathing water quality. They include a number of previously recommended beaches such as Bude in Cornwall, Exmouth in Devon and Charmouth in Dorset.

The Marine Conservation Society says one of the wettest summers on record has led to increased sewage in the sea.

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16 beaches fail water quality tests

Sixteen beaches in the South West have failed tests for bathing water quality following months of heavy rain.

The results have been published today by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for their annual Good Beach Guide.

Relentless rain and flooding in many parts of the country led to an increase in the amount of bacteria and viruses ending up in our bathing waters.

This type of pollution can originate from a variety of sources such as agricultural and urban run-off, storm waters, misconnected plumbing, septic tanks and dog faeces.

The following beaches in our region did not meet the MCS' minimum water quality standards:

  • Bude Summerleaze, Cornwall
  • Mounts Bay Wherry Town, Cornwall
  • East Looe, Cornwall
  • Seaton, Cornwall
  • Instow, Devon
  • Plymouth Hoe West, Devon
  • Plymouth Hoe East, Devon
  • Mothecombe, Devon
  • Bantham, Devon
  • Shaldon, Devon
  • Exmouth, Devon
  • Budleigh Salterton, Devon
  • Lyme Regis Church Cliff Beach, Dorset
  • Charmouth West, Dorset
  • Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset
  • Uphill Slipway, North Somerset

16 South West beaches fail water quality test

Beach art in summer. Credit: PA

Sixteen beaches in the South West have failed tests for bathing water quality following months of heavy rain.

Charmouth West in Dorset is among those named by the Marine Conservation Society.

It says one of the wettest summers on record has led to increased sewage in the sea.