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Beach Warning App Launched

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 29th July 2014. (Updated at 9:38am 29th July 2014)

An app to warn us when sewage spills into the water at Cornish beaches - gets an upgrade.

The Safer Seas Service will now send out alerts when there is a pollution risk from run-offs too.

Surfers Against Sewage says it's already put out a total of more than 3,500 for places like Rock, Seaton, Godrevy and Falmouth.

The St Agnes charity receives real-time warnings from water companies when their sewer overflows discharge untreated human sewage at 222 beaches. The Safer Seas Service app generates a push message for smart phone users and an SMS message for other mobiles.  

It also receives daily forecasts from the Environment Agency relating to impacts from diffuse pollution at 164 beaches.  When a potential impact on water quality is forecast the Safer Seas Service app generates a push message for smart phone users and an SMS message for other mobiles.  

There are 71 sites that the Safer Seas Service report in real-time on both sewage discharges and impacts from diffuse pollution.       

The Safer Seas Service also has some additional features to help us all protect water quality, report pollution incidents and further the public’s understanding of the health threats.  There is also a pollution incident history for beaches within the service. Users can find out if pollution events are a regular occurrence at their beach or an unfortunate one off.

As well as the new app, the Safer Seas Service warnings are also displayed on an online map and available as free SMS messages from the SAS website for any none smart phone users.  

Andy Cummins Surfers Against Sewage Campaign Director says:  “Whilst other organisations report on last year’s water quality, the Safer Seas Service tells beach users what’s happening at their favourite beach in real-time, allowing them to have the safest and best fun possible on our beaches. 

"The Safer Seas Service truly is this summer’s must have beach accessory, download it for free today at SAS.org.uk” 

Karin Howey is a mum and surfer from Hayle, she has been campaigning for cleaner waters, she said: "It's a serious health risk for families, children, it's polluting the most iconic beach I would say in Cornwall, it affects tourism, so basically it affects anybody who wants to come to Cornwall.

"We've lived on this stretch of beach, my children were all born here, and over the years they've had so many sicknesses, stomach bugs, diarrhoea, and I'm fairly sure it's had a lot to do with swimming in the sea here."

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