SAS app gives real-time UK water quality information

16th May, 2019

Swimmers and other beach users can now get real-time water quality information via the revamped Safer Seas Service app, developed by environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage.

Created with the support of the Environment Agency, the app issues alerts for pollution incidents or reduced water quality, enabling informed decisions about getting in the water – whether swimming, surfing or paddling.

Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage, said: “Our unique app ensures that all beach users can keep up to date with the latest changes in water quality, which can sometimes fluctuate dramatically during periods of heavy rainfall. We’re delighted to be expanding our coverage and bringing Scottish beaches into the service for the first time.”

Originally a simple text alert service, piloted at just two beaches, the app now covers more than 350 locations across the UK.

Over the previous year, the service issued alerts for 2,039 sewer overflow spills and 1,638 alerts based on pollution risk forecasting systems.

Additionally, the app will provide live surf and tide conditions and general beach information such as dog restrictions, facilities and lifeguard services. It will also offer guidance on ‘sewer stewardship’.

A record of issued alerts will be available for each location, and the service will collate evidence to support the campaign work of Surfers Against Sewage.

“The Safer Seas Service also includes advice to help subscribers engage with environmental campaigns to protect our ocean and contribute to the ongoing evidence to ensure water companies are investing their profits in better protecting our precious beaches,” said Hugo Tagholm, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage.

To download the smartphone app, designed for both Apple iOS and Android platforms, users should search for ‘Safer Seas Service’ within their app store.

Liz Lowe

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