Our wonderful coastline

Busy ports, famous beaches, nature reserves and miles of unspoilt land – the North West coast, which stretches from the Wirral peninsular in the south to Gretna in the north, is as diverse as it is long. There are 29 beaches designated as bathing waters for swimming or paddling. But our much loved coastal region is also much used. With a population of around 7 million, thousands of visitors flocking to the area every week, and numerous industrial sites, the region serves many needs. That’s why we're determined to help keep this precious area clean and safe.

In 1988, 23 out of the 29 designated bathing waters failed mandatory standards, but in 2014 all of the North West's beaches passed. Our coast is cleaner than it has ever been.

In 2015, new and tougher standards were introduced and 90 per cent of North West beaches reached at least satisfactory standard. A number of different factors were to blame for the small number of failures, including rainwater running off agricultural land, dog owners not cleaning up after their pets and issues linked to our wastewater network. Taking the North West as a whole, the sewers are only about 30 per cent of the problem.

In 2019 all of the designated bathing waters in the North West achieved at least satisfactory standard.

There is still work to be done, and we remain committed to playing our part in making sure your beaches are clean, safe and something to be proud of.

High Demand

Help to save water where you can

We’re all enjoying the hot weather but with more of us at home we’re seeing big increases in water demand that may lead to low water pressure in some areas. Our key workers are working around the clock pumping extra water into the network but we’re asking our customers to help save water where they can. Together we can make a big difference. 

You can help by saving water where you can, on average each person uses 142 litres per day and there are some really easy ways to save. 

For water saving tips and more click here

We’re all enjoying the hot weather but with more of us at home we’re seeing big increases in water demand that may lead to low water pressure in some areas. Our key workers are working around the clock pumping extra water into the network but we’re asking our customers to help save water where they can. Together we can make a big difference.

Help save water

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