What can you do to help?
Each one of us can do our bit to help bring cleaner bathing waters to the North West.
Think Before You Flush
Flushing hand wipes and sanitary items down the toilet may block pipes leading to flooding and an increase in sewage discharges into our rivers and seas. Just pop it in the bin. The product may say it’s flushable but that doesn’t mean it will dissolve and disappear. This will also help to reduce blockages in your own home and could save you from costly repairs. You can find more advice on our think before you flush campaign page
Only Rain Goes Down the Drain
Did you know that our road drains often lead straight into our rivers and seas? This means anything else that gets poured or washed in can affect our local water quality. So don’t pour anything down them that you wouldn’t want to swim in.
Think Before You Pour
It may be tempting to pour your kitchen fats and oils down the sink but these can clog up your own drains, as well as sewage pipes and treatment centres risking more discharges into our rivers and seas. Often just a quick wipe of kitchen roll is all that’s needed. We have been giving advice to take-away and restaurant owners in seaside resorts on how best to dispose of their cooking liquids (pictured) as part of our title="Think before you pour">Think before you pour Campaign
Are You Connected Right?
Do you know if your house is connected to the sewer network correctly? A toilet or washing machine that is wrongly connected to surface water drains may be flushing straight into the river or sea. Check out www.connectright.org.uk for more information.
Catch Your Rainwater
It’s often only when it rains that water quality at our beaches gets worse so installing a surface water butt in your garden helps reduce the amount of water running into surface water drains or sewers, helping to stop them overflowing. It also saves water as well!
Love to walk your dog on the beach?
We understand that beaches are a great place to take the dog for a walk but please be a responsible owner by picking up mess and observing dog exclusion zones where they are in place. We know it sounds obvious but it’s surprising how much dog mess some of the local beach clean groups have found! Visit the LOVEmyBEACH website to find out more.
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