Beachbuoy

Beachbuoy gives you near real-time information about releases of stormwater or wastewater at your favourite spot. On this interactive, online map you can see updates about releases from combined sewer overflows (CSOs), so you know what is happening near you.

Beachbuoy is easy to use

A coloured icon represents a designated bathing water or a recreational harbour: 

  • Blue circular icon with the outline of a person swimming withinIf a blue swimmer is shown: There has been no release from a CSO in the past 72 hours.
  • A yellow triangular icon with a number in the middleIf a yellow triangle is shown: There has been a release from a CSO in the past 72 hours.
  • A red square icon with a number in the middleIf a red square is shown: There has been a release from a CSO in the past 24 hours.*

In addition, each of our outfalls that may affect water quality in your chosen location is also represented by a coloured icon:

  • A green circular icon When a green circle is shown: There has been no release from here in the past 72 hours.
  • A yellow circle icon When a yellow circle is shown: There has been a release from here in the past 72 hours.
  • A red circle icon When a red circle is shown: There has been a release from here in the past 24 hours.*

*Sometimes, a red icon may show and later be removed. This is usually because we received an unverified report of a release and, when we investigated, no release had actually occurred. On these occasions, the red icon will show until we know for sure.


See more by clicking on the main icons

We want you to have as much information as possible. Click on the icon to reveal more, including a seven day review that lets you know what’s happened in the past week.

Interactive map

No release to bathing site Release within last 72 hours Release within last 24 hours
No release from outfall Release within last 72 hours Release within last 24 hours
7 Day Overview


Release History
Please note that a live ongoing release will be shown in the historic release table but it will show a stop time which corresponds with the polling\update time which will be on the hour every two hours

Please note: Southern Water can’t make any recommendations about the safety for water users in the event of a release from a CSO. Beachbuoy is simply a reporting tool – users are advised to use their own discretion when entering the water. More advice and information about bathing waters can be found on the the Environment Agency’s website.

 

How do combined sewers and overflows work?

An infographic image depicting the types of sewers and overflows

If you'd like more information about why water companies are permitted to release into the environment, please read about the role of releases in protecting homes and managing storms.

Find out more about how we determine which outfall affects each Beachbuoy location.

 

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