SAS Sewage Alert Service text alerts now available for south west beaches
17 more beaches can now offer free real time text warnings when sewage spills.
We are pleased to welcome an extra 17 new beaches across Cornwall, Devon and Saltburn to their revolutionary Sewage Alert Service. We have spent the past year working closely with South West Water (SWW), Northumbrian Water the Environment Agency (EA), local authorities and Visit Cornwall. SAS commend the water companies for voluntarily providing SAS with real time information on raw sewage discharges from Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). There are now 44 beaches around England and Wales where we are providing free real time text message sewage alerts after raw sewage is discharged. Sites included in the Sewage Alert Service offer surfers, water sports enthusiasts and beach users the best beach experience possible.
The new beaches in Cornwall and Devon are:
- Breakwater – Torbay (BF)
- Challaborough – South Hams (BF)
- Gyllyngvase – Cornwall (BF)
- Meadfoot – Torbay (BF)
- Paignton Sands – Torbay (BF)
- Preston Sands (Paignton) – Torbay (BF)
- Polzeath – Cornwall (BF)
- Porthminster – Cornwall (BF)
- Porthtowan – Cornwall (BF)
- Salcombe South Sands – South Hams (BF)
- Westward Ho! – Torridge (BF)
- Woolacombe Village – North Devon (BF)
- The Towans (Godrevy) – Cornwall
- Porthleven (West) – Cornwall
- Crantock – Cornwall
- Bude (Summerleaze) – Cornwall
(BF denotes Blue Flag)
The Sewage Alert Service gives the public power to make an informed decision on how and when to use the water and helps them avoid the threat of sewage pollution. SAS’s online map will automatically update whenever there is a CSO sewage spill and SMS text messages will be sent for free to anyone who has signed up for this service. Sign up here or by texting “SAS (beach name)” to 64446 (messages are charged at your normal network rate, then alerts are received for free whenever they occur).
SAS are the sole funder for Sewage Alert Service. SAS don’t accept any financial support from any water companies or government agencies. It’s free to receive these Sewage Alert texts, and if you want to cancel please text “SAS Stop (Beach Name)” to 64446. This text will be charged at your normal network rate.
From May the 15th SAS’s real time Sewage Alert Service has been live at the following beaches:
- Broadhaven Central (Wales)
- Newgale (Wales)
- Manorbier (Wales)
- Sandown (IoW)
- Ventnor (IoW)
- Shanklin (IoW)
- Hayling Island Beachlands (South coast)
- Bognor Regis East (South Coast)
- Littlehampton Coastguards (South coast)
- Botnay Bay (South East)
- Joss Bay (South East)
- Westbrook Bay (South East)
- Clevedon (Bristol)
- Weston Super Mare
- Burnham Jetty (nr Weston Super Mare)
- Dunster North West (Somerset North coast)
- Blue Anchor West (Somerset North coast)
- Chirstchurch Mudeford Sandbanks (Poole)
- Bournemouth Boscombe Pier
- Bournemouth Hengistbury West
- Bournemouth Pier
- Poole Shore Road Beach
- Weymouth Central
- Poole Harbour Sandbanks
- Swanage Central (South coast)
- Bournemouth Fishermans Walk
- Branksome Chine (nr Bouremouth)
There have been mulitple sewage warnings already this season, sign up for your free real time sewage text alerts now.
We all know how the quality of our bathing waters has been transformed over the last 20 years. BeachLive and SAS’s text service are exciting new services which will give our visitors information they can use. It’s live information that will add to our world class beach management and our competitiveness as they won’t be getting this in any other European country this summer.
Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall’s Director
We look forward to working with SAS on our new BeachLive service. We have invested £2 billion over 20 years on transforming bathing water quality and this should demonstrate that on a hour by hour basis as well as giving visitors information they can really use on any risks from overflows.
Stephen Bird, South West Water’s Operations Director
It’s great that local and visiting surfers, water sports enthusiasts and beach users throughout Cornwall and Devon can choose to use beaches that inform them immediately when raw sewage is discharged. Ensure you’ve sign up for our free real time sewage text alerts and remember, no news is good news at these beaches.
Andy Cummins, Campaign Director