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Bathing waters in our region have been transformed thanks to Clean Sweep and are now among the best in Europe.

Since June 2011, Beach Live has offered live information on potential risks to bathing water quality caused by overflows in the public sewage network. The service includes live feeds from 35 beaches and profiles for 41 Blue Flag and popular beaches across the region.

Information and warnings come from monitors in our network, we cannot measure other sources of pollution such as dog fouling, agricultural and highway run-off and discharges from private sewers. For detailed information about other factors which can affect bathing water quality please visit the Beach Live advice and help pages.

How does it work?

The system works by offering live information to beach users in the form of 'blue' and 'amber' alerts. The interactive map will show either 'amber', 'blue' or 'maintenance' symbols over bathing water areas.

An 'amber' icon appears when an overflow event occurs which could significantly affect bathing water quality. The 'amber' is triggered when an overflow operates for more than a specified duration in a rolling 12 hour period.

The specified duration at each bathing water area is based upon Environment Agency's assessments of significant flow and has been agreed with key partners including Surfers Against Sewage. They may differ at each bathing water area due to the position, length and diameter of the overflows and other local factors.

The bathing water will return to 'blue' when there has been no further significant overflows in the bathing water area in the next 12 hours.

At a few locations where an overflow would have to last for many hours to reach the significance trigger, we issue notification warnings after just one hour of an overflow. They will be still listed as 'blue' until turning 'amber' when they reach the significance threshold. Again, they will return to 'blue' when there has been no further significant overflows in the following 12 hours. 

'Maintenance' symbols will appear when monitors are being checked or repaired.

Please visit to find out the latest of bathing water quality in our region.