North Devon bathing water experiences ‘record breaking’ year

Instow beach was the only one to fall short of bathing water standards in the South West.

Instow beach was the only one to fall short of bathing water standards in the South West. - Credit: Archant

Instow in North Devon was the only beach out of 192 in the South West to fall short of the minimum standards.

BATHING water at North Devon’s beaches is the cleanest yet, as the South West experiences a record breaking year.

Instow beach was the only beach out of 192 in the South West to fall short of the minimum standards.

Figures released by Defra also showed that 91 per cent of South Wrst bathing waters met stricter guideline standards this year.

The results are partly due to a drier summer that has reduced run-off around the coastline, according to the Environment Agency.


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“Bathing water quality has improved significantly over the past two decades, and this year’s results are a tribute to the partnership work that has been undertaken to improve bathing water quality around the coast,” said Jonathan Ponting for the Environment Agency.

“There is no room for complacency.

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“Despite this record breaking year, more needs to be done by water companies, businesses, farmers and local authorities to improve the water quality at our beaches as we prepare for tighter bathing water standards that will be introduced from 2015.”

North Devon MP Sir Nick Harvey said he was delighted at the news.

He said: “We are incredibly lucky to have such a beautiful coastline and this announcement will come as great news to the many local people who enjoy it – as well as tourists who descend upon our beaches in warmer months.

“Hard work has gone in to bring water quality up at Combe Martin and these results are testament to what the community and environmental groups have achieved.

“It is of course disappointing that Instow did not quite reach good standards but this is not the end of the story: I am pleased to hear that SW Water is investigating possible causes.”

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