New Cleaner Coastal Catchment campaign aims to help the poor water quality at Wildersmouth

Surfers Against Sewage is launching a new campaign in Ilfracombe to help improve the poor water quality at Wildersmouth Beach through seven pledges.

On Friday and Saturday volunteers from the charity will be handing out Cleaner Coastal Catchment resource packs to businesses.

The packs give information on how small improvements made by the whole community through ‘seven pledges’ can add up to make a real difference to water quality.

Examples include saving water and not putting fats or sanitary items down the drain.

Wildersmouth failed the 2015 bathing water standards, and from May 2016, will be required to display signs warning swimmers and bathers against using the sea due to possible health risks.

SAS rep and North Devon resident Claire Moodie said: “We are urging the Ilfracombe community to get right behind the Cleaner Coastal Catchments initiative, and together we can rescue the poor water quality at Wildersmouth.

“The SAS team will be visiting as many businesses as we can over two days, handing out free stickers, posters and resources to encourage everyone to play their part. If you see the SAS team around please ask us about how you can help.”

Find out more and take the pledges at