The Safer Seas Service is a national service for water users
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 May, 2015 - Cornwall, England - It's almost summer, and as the bathing season starts again, Surfers Against Sewage has launched an updated and improved Safer Seas Service, now reporting on water quality in real-time at 330 beaches around England and Wales.
The Safer Seas Service is the only national service that protects water users from sewage and diffuse pollution in real-time and this year’s service has become even more sophisticated; increasing the number of beaches covered by the real-time alerts responding to both raw sewage discharges and diffuse pollution incidents. The Safer Seas Service protects water users from these pollution events and directs them towards beaches with better water quality.
The Safer Seas Service app is free to download for iPhones, iPads and mobile Android devices from iTunes and Google Play; the information is also displayed on the SAS website.
The Safer Seas Service is this season’s must have beach app, helping beach users make the most informed decision about how, when and where they use the sea, avoiding pollution. Harmful pathogens present in sewage and diffuse pollution can impact coastal waters even on the sunniest of days. Unfortunately these pollution events are often difficult to identify in coastal waters and are often missed by the weekly bathing water tests. The Safer Seas Service bespoke information system automatically processes real-time data feeds from every coastal water company in England and Wales and the Environment Agency, providing vital water quality information to the people that need it the most.
The Safer Seas Service has already proven extremely valuable to lifeguards, beach managers and the public. A full list of the beaches included in the Safer Seas Service is in the notes to editors section. The real-time reporting of sewer overflows is now a requirement at Blue Flag beaches (2015 Blue Flags announced 20th May). Safer Seas Service users testimonial:
Sarah Louise beach user and parent says: “I've downloaded the app, not because I'm a surfer but because I care about my children's health and don't want them swimming in polluted waters! Great app, thank you.”
Emms Lowe, surfer says : “The Safer Seas Service is the best app on my phone, a must have for surfers, swimmers and all beach users.”
Alexa Poppe, beach event manager says:“The Safer Seas Service helps keep people safe from pollution, a great app.”
Andy Cummins, SAS Campaigns Director says: “Real-time information on water quality is vital to ensure beach users are able to avoid pollution incidents and enjoy the safest and best beaches we have to offer. If you’re going to the beach this summer make sure you download the free Safer Seas Service and know before you go!