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Sewage Alert Service Summary July 2012

Thanks to the support of Rip Curl Planet, the Sewage Alert Service is another SAS success, securing unprecedented levels real-time water quality information from the UK’s water industry.

SAS has consistently campaigned for more transparency about the frequency and impact of raw sewage discharges on UK beaches and bathing waters.  The Sewage Alert Service is not only a vital public health service, protecting surfers, swimmers and beach users from sewage pollution and associated health threats, but will help map out problem combined sewer overflows in need of more investment. 

In 2012 SAS and Rip Curl Planet are very proud to have over 200 surf spots and beaches covered in the service.  That’s over a third of the UK’s bathing waters.  Sign up for your free real time alerts at  and visit our CSO map at

The Sewage Alert Service went live on 15th of May 2012, the start of the UK bathing season. Since then, the UK has experienced one of the wettest summers on record prompting over 15,000 texts to be sent to service subscribers. The service currently has 2,400 unique users, with the average user is signed up for 5.5 beaches.

When it comes to water quality make sure you ‘know before you go’ to protect yourself from sewage pollution!

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