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Welcome to WaterFit Live

WaterFit Live is our way of sharing with you near real-time data about our storm overflows, and whether they are impacting the quality of your bathing waters.

You can also learn more about how we're investing in your area to reduce the need for storm overflows to operate.

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Bathing water quality map

Check out whether the water quality at your local spot has been impacted by our storm overflows, in near real-time.

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Storm overflow map

See where all our storm overflows are, and whether or not they are active, in near real-time.

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The challenges we’re facing

Find out how we’re tackling these challenges head on in your area by exploring the maps.

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Challenge Number 1

Wipes and fats, oils and grease (FOG)

Flushing things that aren’t pee, paper or poo, and pouring fats, oils and grease down the sink block our sewers and can cause sewer flooding and pollution into the water courses. We’re cracking down on this behaviour. Through our Love Your Loo and Think Sink campaigns, we’re bringing more awareness to the responsibility everyone has to keep our rivers and bathing waters healthy.

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Challenge Number 2

Pollution from other sources

Agricultural impacts alone account for 46% of the reasons for poor river health in our region. It’s incredibly important that we work closely with our farming community to improve run-off levels and help implement land management techniques that will help achieve higher quality rivers. Read more about our Upstream Thinking programme to find out how we’re doing it.

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Challenge Number 3

Population growth

Did you know that since 1989 there’s been a 20% increase in the population in the South West? And over the last 15 years there’s been a 50% increase in tourism. This is increasing the demand on our assets, and in some places, the performance of our assets is being affected. Our new investment plans will increase the resilience of our network to these ever-increasing changes.

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Challenge Number 4

Urban creep

Some areas of the South West have seen incredible growth. This urban creep threatens water quality because it is reducing the amount of land available for water to naturally drain into. This means that more rainwater is entering our sewer network. Installing new surface-water sewers in key areas is a top priority for us, so that we can better manage the volume of wastewater entering our network.

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Challenge Number 5

Climate change

The South West is particularly vulnerable to climate change, given its 860 miles of coastline. We’ve already seen the impacts with the 2022 Drought, alongside the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the region. But we’re confident that our investment has considered the risk of climate change, and will bring a new level of resilience and lower environmental impact to our operations.

Our plans for rivers and seas

WaterFit is our programme of work and investment that champions the rivers, seas and wider environment of the South West. We want our region to be the destination for water quality, and WaterFit outlines how we're going to get there.

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