Delight as tests show bathing water at South Shields beach is ‘excellent’

Summer heatwave weather at Sandhaven Beach.
Summer heatwave weather at Sandhaven Beach.

People in South Tyneside and visitors can feel safe knowing the borough’s bathing water is top quality.

A survey of the region’s sea water has revealed that the beach at South Shields has met the ‘excellent’ standard.

High quality bathing water is a key part of that attraction so I’m delighted that the quality of our waters have been judged to be good or excellent – particularly as new, tougher standards have come into force this year.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety

It is one of 19 of the region’s 34 bathing waters to achieve the top standard, while the waters at Marsden were deemed ‘good’.

The survey was carried out by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), who assessed the quality of 80 water samples collected over the last three years.

The samples are taken by the Environment Agency in May and September each year.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “We are very proud of our stunning beaches which play a crucial role in making South Tyneside the popular seaside resort it is. High quality bathing water is a key part of that attraction so I’m delighted that the quality of our waters have been judged to be good or excellent – particularly as new, tougher standards have come into force this year.

“This is also excellent news for our residents who can now look forward to playing safely at the seaside with their families again next year.”

Northumbrian Water’s wastewater director, Richard Warneford, said: “Looking after the environment is at the heart of what we do. We are extremely proud of the contribution we have made to protect and improve our region’s stunning coastline through both investment and partnership working and we appreciate the significant impact that beaches have on tourism, the economy and the leisure industry.”

Northumbrian Water is encouraging their customers to help to look after the region’s bathing waters by only flushing toilet paper, pee and poo down the loo and by not putting grease and fat down drains. This will help to prevent blockages and potential pollution.