£2million water quality project for Combe Martin begins next week


Waters off the North Devon coast have long been accredited as some of the cleanest in the country, making them a major factor in bringing tourists to the area on self catering holidays.

In light of this year's dreadful storms and the new European bathing water standards coming in, a £2million project is set to begin this week aiming to provide even cleaner seas around the Combe Martin coastline.

Combe Martin | John Fowler North Devon

South West Water are in the village to construct a 300 cubic metre underground storage tank in the Glen Lyn car park and another 325 cubic metre tank in the council coach park. Maintenance will also be carried out on two sewage pumping stations.

The project will increase the sewage system's storm water storage capacity and minimise the amount of storm discharges into the River Umber during extreme storms and wet weather.

Above all, the project aims to improve bathing water quality around Combe Martin ahead of next year's new European Union Bathing Water Directive.

Senior project manager Mike Court said: “This represents a major investment in bathing water quality, which will benefit the tourism industry in Combe Martin.”

“We believe that, with the help of the local community, this major investment will help deliver even cleaner seas for Combe Martin, in time for the new European bathing water standards next year.”

Cracking news for visitors who stay at Combe Martin Beach and Sandaway Beach Holiday Park! Peace of mind that you can safely swim, and explore the rock pools, in the bays around our self catering accommodation.

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