St Leonards bathing waters rated ‘excellent’

St Leonards beach
St Leonards beach

Bathing waters in St Leonards have been rated as ‘excellent’ for cleanliness.

The Environment Agency also ranked Pelham beach’s bathing waters as ‘good’.

It monitors water quality from May to September, using four classifications, namely excellent, good, sufficient or poor, based on the level of bacteria in the water. Up to four years of results from 2013 to 2016 are combined to determine how clean the water is for swimming.

Councillor Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “We are very pleased to announce the bathing water quality at Pelham beach, Hastings has been classified as good and St Leonards has been classified as excellent at the end of the 2016 season. We have worked hard to ensure the bathing water quality is consistently good. The Hastings Bathing Water Quality Executive group continues to work together to understand the risks to bathing water quality and put measures in place to make improvements.

“Using the results from Southern Water’s sewer network investigations the partnership has identified and is rectifying misconnections in the Hastings area and dual manholes are also being investigated and corrected. Planting in the Alexandra Park stream and the floating islands all slow the flow of water and has helped to capture sediment and increase exposure to ultraviolet light, all of which helps kill and filter bacteria before it enters the bathing water.

“The Clean Seas Please campaign has worked to change behaviours that can negatively impact the bathing water quality by highlighting the link between surface water and the sea and what should and should not go into the drains.

“Everyone has a part to play in protecting and improving our great bathing waters. If we continue to work together to reduce pollution, we can ensure our bathing waters and coastal communities continue to thrive.”

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