Fancy a dip?

There are 31 stretches of the North West coast that are designated 'bathing waters' – just see our interactive bathing waters map for more details.

Monitored by the Environment Agency during the bathing season, which runs from May to September, these sites have to meet European guidelines on water quality, which were put in place to protect the health of any of us keen to swim, surf or just splash and play there.

The original bathing water directive was replaced by stricter standards in 2015. There are now four designations for water quality – Excellent, Good, Satisfactory or Poor. Beaches with 'Poor' water quality have to display a sign advising the public not to bathe there.

We're working closely with organisations including the Environment Agency, local authorities, landowners and beach operators to make sure the North West’s waters meet those new standards.

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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