Safer Seas Service
The Safer Seas Service is the only national real-time water quality app that protects all water users from pollution. This pioneering free service alerts water users when sewer overflows discharge untreated human sewage into the sea and when water quality is reduced by diffuse pollution at 315 beaches across England and Wales. The Safer Seas Service is the first and only national service to inform you, in real time, when untreated human sewage and diffuse pollution is impacting water quality at your favourite beach. This information keeps you safe, allowing you to make an informed decision about how, when and where you use the sea.
Untreated sewage and wastewater frequently discharges from sewer overflows right around the UK, sometimes significantly reducing water quality. When this reaches dangerous levels, SAS is notified by participating water companies and issues a real-time sewage alert so surfers and other beach users can avoid this potentially harmful pollution incident.
Water quality can also be reduced by diffuse pollution, which is the term given to pollution from multiple, often unidentified sources. Examples include road, urban and agricultural run-off and leakage from septic tanks. Contaminants can include pathogens, hydrocarbons, heavy metals and organic substances. When these sources combine, they can often have a significant impact on water quality. The Environment Agency make daily predictions relating to the impacts of diffuse pollution. The Safer Seas Service reports these daily predictions, both for good and poor water quality, in real- time. and for free.
SAS’s free Safer Seas Service is this summer’s must have beach accessory and is available as an App, SMS service or web-based map, issuing pollution warnings for 315 popular UK beaches.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs