Higher standards at Hope Cove
The popular and picturesque fishing village of Hope Cove in the South Hams is now benefiting from improved bathing water quality after South West Water completed an eight hundred thousand pound project to upgrade sewage treatment.
Improvements are anticipated to enable bathing waters at Hope Cove to reach the higher guideline quality standard required at European beach resorts (along with other criteria) to achieve Blue Flag status. This should help boost the popularity of an area much loved by tourists
The improvements were made as part of South West Water's work to meet the requirements of the Government's National Environmental Programme.
In May 2002 construction work started to upgrade the primary settlement sewage treatment works at Galmpton to also include secondary treatment and ultraviolet disinfection. The works serves both Galmpton and Hope Cove.
Secondary treatment involves a biological process where micro-organisms are used to remove bacteria. Ultraviolet disinfection gives the water a final 'polish' under high powered lamps to kill any remaining viruses. Flow monitoring and sampling facilities were also added.
The required surveys and design work took about 7 months to complete and after a successful construction period the upgraded works became fully operational in December 2002.
Work is still continuing in the local area to upgrade and improve storm water overflows on the sewerage network at a cost of £1 million which is anticipated to be completed by April 2003.
"This works upgrade will safeguard the local environment and substantially improve bathing water quality which will hopefully reach guideline standard, said Andy Dawe, South West Water's Programme Leader. "We work to achieve guideline standard wherever possible which is 20 times higher than the mandatory standard required".
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Published: 14 February 2002