Enjoy our coastal waters

Beachbuoy gives you the most up-to-date information on water quality in your area – free of charge.

We’re currently piloting our Beachbuoy scheme at two harbours in our region, as well as a small selection of bathing waters.

Langstone and Chichester Harbour were chosen for the pilot as they are also used as recreational waters. Along with the bathing waters at Hill Head, Ventnor, Bexhill and Joss Bay.

We plan to provide similar information for other bathing waters in the near future.

During this pilot, we’ll add updates between 9am and 5pm (we’re working on 24/7 automatic updates in the future).

 

How to use Beachbuoy

  • Click on one of the sites above to see the latest information on stormwater releases.
  • If you'd like future email updates for a particular site, click on it and enter your email address.
  • Notifications will remain viewable here for 24 hours after a stormwater release (or the latest in a series of releases).

Further information

Coastal water quality can be affected by rainwater running off roads and industrial or agricultural land, wastewater from privately-owned treatment works, boats and animals (such as dogs or seabirds) on the beach.

We also sometimes release heavily-diluted wastewater into coastal waters. These ‘stormwater releases’ are permitted by the Environment Agency. Beachbuoy only reports Southern Water’s stormwater releases – not whether coastal water is safe to swim in.

For more information visit the Environment Agency’s bathing water quality page.