Environment Agency monitoring of Bathing Water Quality
The Environment Agency is the statutory body responsible for monitoring bathing waters.
During the summer bathing season (May to September) it's Officers take weekly samples at three sites along the Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council coastline. There are three designated bathing beaches in our area. Walney: West Shore, Sandy Gap and Biggar Bank.
Our Beaches have GOOD Bathing Water Quality
During or after periods of heavy rainfall run off from agricultural land and discharges from storm overflows can increase the risk of reduced water quality. High tides can wash animal faeces from Duddon Estuary salt marsh grazing land, reducing bathing water quality.
This bathing water often has patches of seaweed (microalgae) washed up on the beach.
This bathing water is subject to short term pollution. The Environment Agency makes daily pollution risk forecasts based on rainfall patterns. A pollution risk warning is issued if high tides occur to enable bathers to avoid periods when bathing water quality may be reduced. This may last between 5-7 days. Last year warnings were issued on 22 days.
The full details for this bathing water, its catchment, information on all potential pollution sources and how they are managed can be viewed at http://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/ or scan the QR Code.