Bathing Water Quality

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We’re working with others to improve water quality

Bathing waters in Fylde are cleaner than they have ever been.

Only 18% of North West beaches were classed as satisfactory or better in 1988. In 2013 that had risen to 88%.

We want to do even better following the introduction of even stricter water-quality tests in 2012.

In September 2012 the Turning Tides initiative was established to improve the quality of North West bathing waters. Turning Tides is a cross-agency partnership working together in North West England to do everything we can to improve the quality of our bathing water.

Fylde Council has teamed up in a partnership with organisations including the Environment Agency, United Utilities, other North West councils and Keep Britain Tidy to ensure the water off our beaches continues to improve.

What is the partnership doing?

Studies have shown the impact of poor-quality water entering the Irish Sea from the Wyre and Ribble estuaries.

Improvements to stormwater discharges further up the Ribble and along the coast will improve matters.

Inland sewage discharges are being tackled. In some areas checks have been made to ensure that household sewage and household appliances are correctly plumbed – so that surface water run-off is not mixed with foul water.

Catchment-sensitive farming is being encouraged to minimise the effect of water run-off from farmland in the Ribble catchment area.

Beach management will also play a part as studies have shown the adverse effect of fouling by dogs, donkeys and horses.

Partnership members are working with businesses – asking staff not to pour fats, oils and greases down the sink and inappropriate waste products down the toilet.

How you can help

We’re backing the LOVEmyBEACH campaign which is aimed at residents, businesses, holidaymakers and schools.

  • It’s good sense. The main ways to help include:
  • Ensuring your dog doesn’t foul the beach;
  • Don’t drop litter on the beach;
  • Avoid pouring oil, grease and fat down your drains;

Check that your drains are connected to the right system so that “dirty water” from toilets and washing machines goes into the foul sewer – where it will be treated – and not the surface drains that run into rivers and the sea. Go to to find out how.

Want to know more?

You can find lots of other ways to help the beaches at

You can find out more about current compliance with water quality standards for both of Fylde’s bathing beaches. Click on the links below for more information:

St Annes North
St Annes (pier)