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Beach clean-up costs have impact on value for money

Only thirty five percent of South West Water customers say they think they get value for money. It's the lowest satisfaction rate in the country.

Customers in the South West pay an average of five hundred and forty pounds a year. The average bill for the rest of the country is around three hundred and seventy five pounds.

Monica Read from South West Water says the costs of the beach clean up programme are partly responsible:

Council says beaches remain safe for swimming despite poor weather

Tests of water quality on beaches at Exmouth and Budleigh show that they continue to meet EC standards for bathing, according to East Devon District Council. While heavy rains have led to some overflow from storm drains, this has not affected weekly tests.

The council says both beaches are now included in the South West Water Beach Live scheme. This provides the latest information on water quality.

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