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.

Important Notice

Waste Water Flooding

Heavy rainfall across the North West may be causing flooding in some parts of the region.

Our teams are out across the North West helping customers who have experienced sewer flooding in their homes.

If you’re experiencing flooding from a road or footpath and there is no evidence of sewage (toilet paper etc.) please report this to your local council, who are responsible for highways drainage flooding.

Please be aware that our phone lines are much busier than normal, take a look at our flooding page for further advice on what to do if you’re affected by flooding.

Heavy rainfall across the North West may be causing flooding in some parts of the region. We are out helping customers who have experienced sewer flooding. If you’re experiencing flooding from a road or footpath with no evidence of sewage please report this to your local council. Please be aware that our phone lines are much busier than usual

Waste Water Flooding

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