Beaches are praised for water quality

Tynemouth Longsands. Picture by John Millard.
Tynemouth Longsands. Picture by John Millard.

Five bathing waters off the North Tyneside coastline have been praised by Defra.

Whitley Bay, Tynemouth Long Sands North, Tynemouth Long Sands South and King Edwards Bay all achieved the excellent standard.

And Cullercoats achieved the good standard from the Environment Agency, based on data collected over the last four years.

Northumbrian Water’s wastewater director, Richard Warneford, said: “Our £1bn of investment over the last two decades is reflected in today’s results, which are in stark contrast to those in 2000, when only four of the bathing waters in the north east achieved the old guideline standard.

“Looking after the environment is at the heart of what we do. We are extremely proud of the contribution we have made to protect and improve our region’s stunning coastline through both investment and partnership working and we appreciate the significant impact that beaches have on tourism, the economy and the leisure industry.

“Partnership working is particularly important as diffuse pollution, which includes run-off from roads and agricultural land, can also have a negative impact on bathing water.”

“It is worth bearing in mind that the bathing water results in 2012, when our region experienced one of the wettest years in 100 years, are reflected in this year’s results.

“We are certainly not complacent and have already carried out work, or have plans in place, to improve the bathing water quality at locations that have achieved either a sufficient or poor status this year.”

Northumbrian Water is encouraging their customers to also help to look after the region’s bathing waters by only flushing toilet paper, pee and poo down the loo and by not putting grease and fat down drains. This will help to prevent blockages and potential pollution.