It's a tale as old as time... welcome to Beauty of the Beach!
From childhood memories of trips to the seaside to long walks in the winter sun; family picnics dodging the seagulls and brushing sand (or shingle!) off your sandwiches – life can be a beach when you live and work by the coast.
That's why Southern Water and the Environment Agency have joined forces on a campaign to celebrate our coastline – and help people play their part in keeping the beaches beautiful.
The great news is bathing waters along our region’s 700 miles of coastline – which cover Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – have never been cleaner in recent times.
However, the way bathing water quality is measured changed in 2015 and standards are now twice as strict as before – which is why Southern Water joined forces with our friends in the Environment Agency to address issues which affect bathing water quality.
So as well as celebrating the 83 beautiful bathing waters in the region, through Beauty of the Beach we want to help people learn more about what impacts bathing water quality and give you the power to protect your beaches by taking some simple steps.
You don’t have to live on the coast to help – visitors to our sunny shores play just as important a role in protecting and enhancing our coastline.
Beauty of the Beach – Part two
Following our original film about the beauty of the beach (which you can view further down this page), we’ve made another one.
This time, we’ve focused on the work of our Bathing Water Manager, Tom Gallagher. His job is to work closely with the Environment Agency, local councils and wildlife and community groups to help protect the quality of the bathing waters in our region, and enhance the beauty of our entire coastline.
This film provides a snapshot into his world and the issues that are important both to him and the people he works with.