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

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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.