Taking Action to #EndSewagePollution Through the Safer Seas Service

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In the last few weeks, heavy rainfall over the southwest coast of Great Britain has resulted in a considerable number of sewage and pollution warnings being issued through the Safer Seas Service, an app developed by marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage which delivers real-time water quality information directly to a user's phone.

The charity has also launched an #EndSewagePollution petition, calling on the Government to take immediate action to stop the pollution of rivers and seas.

More rain forecast throughout the UK over the next few weeks is expected to lead to more warnings being issued across the country, as heavy rain brings with it a dramatic increase in pollution incidents as large volumes of sewage enter the ocean and rivers. It is vital that anybody using the sea is able to make informed decisions about how, when and where it is safe to do so. The Safer Seas Service App does exactly that by alerting users whenever sewer overflows discharge untreated sewage into the sea at the local beach, and when water quality is temporarily reduced. The app provides direct information for over 370 beaches across the UK.

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Surfing is an increasingly popular sport in the UK, but poor water quality can lead to serious health risks (Photo: Shutterstock) 

This year, the marine conservation charity has introduced two new features to the app that will not only help tackle the UK's water quality issue in the long term but also allow users to take direct action to #EndSewagePollution:

  1. Email local politicians about pollution discharges: Local politicians can be e-mailed through the app to alert them whenever sewage is being discharged at a location within their constituency. When an alert is issued, users of the app will be able to send a pre-populated email to the local MP of the alert's location, drawing their attention to the issue of sewage in their area.
  1. Submit a health report: People who have become ill after surfing, swimming, diving or kayaking can submit a Health Report through the app to help with SAS's water quality campaigning. Previous illnesses can also be reported so that SAS can maintain a comprehensive, anonymous database to support the campaign.

The app is completely free of charge and can be downloaded from the SAS website, to ensure all lovers of the UK's beaches are both keeping themselves safe and also taking direct action to #EndSewagePollution in the UK to improve the water quality of our most-loved natural environment.

Make sure to also sign the Surfers Against Sewage #EndSewagePollution petition, which outlines exactly how the government can end sewage pollution in the ocean and rivers, using the link below.

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