Crisp autumn walks along the beach have once again returned as locals and tourists embrace the sea breeze. Why not consider these eight top tips to help keep our bathing water clean?
Baby Wipes: Can cause problems in the sewers if flushed – why not put them in the bin instead? Keeping them out of the sewer system makes it work better and helps our bathing water clean. Whenever you use them you can help to make a difference.
FOG’s (Fats, Oils and Grease): It is important that these are not disposed of down the drain as it can lead to clogging in the water pipes, which can affect your own home as well as the drainage into the sea.
Plumbing: Why not check your plumbing? It has been discovered that some waste water pipes are connected to the wrong pipe in some homes causing the waste water from appliances such as your dishwasher, to run straight out to sea. Many Plumbers will be happy to come and check where your waste water pipes lead to.
Sanitary Towels: Although they say they are flushable they do not degrade very quickly and it is important that these do not make their way into the sea. Why not have a bin in your bathroom for your family and guests to use?
Food: Disposing of your food waste in the sink or toilet can lead to clogging. There are many other useful alternatives, for example creating a compost heap that will give numerous benefits to your garden!
Fouling: We all know dogs do it, so ensure you are never caught short without bags. Most bins in our parks, pavements and seafront now take dog waste as well as litter and clearing up will help keep our beaches and water clean, ready for your next swim!
The Future: Look towards the inevitable. Do your research and find out how waste is affecting water quality. Organisations working towards this in Hastings include the Environment Agency, Southern Water and Hastings Borough Council. Why not follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or take a look at our website, for more information.
Tell you friends and help us spread the messages to keep our seas clean.
Results just released from the Environment Agency show that Pelham Beach has again scored good for its sea bathing water quality, with St Leonards acheiving excellent. A big well done to the communities of Hastings and St Leonards doing their bit to help the Environment Agency, Southern Water, Hastings Borough Council and Clean Seas Please! to keep our ratings. Lets try to get excellent for Pelham Beach next year.
Here is a link to the Hastings Observer site for more information:
The Marine Conservation Society UK has started a petition for clearer labeling on wet wipes to prevent them from being able to be advertised as ‘flushable’.
“Wet wipes currently labelled as flushable don’t meet the water industry standard. Demand retailers include a clear ‘DON’T FLUSH’ message on their packaging and remind us only paper, pee and poo belong down the loo.
Flushed wet wipes are a nightmare. They make your water bills more expensive, pollute beaches and can harm marine life. Support our campaign…and help us tackle this increasingly serious issue.”
This is a great petition which sends out information which maybe people just don’t know! We’ve signed it – to show your support or to find out more, click on the link below:
There is always room for improvement, however, so this year we are back and reminding everyone of the things you can do at home which together make a big difference (as seen by the results of the water testing!)
We look forward to seeing you all – thanks to the support at the St Leonard’s Festival!
Here are the events we’ve lined up so far – we’ll let you know if we add any more!
29th July & 5th August – Alexandra Park Play Days, Hastings
3rd & 4th September – Bexhill Festival of the Sea
17th & 18th September – Hastings Seafood and Wine festival
We’ve been out and about for the last couple of days painting (with consent!!) yellow fishes on the pavements of Hastings and Ore.
These fishes show the path of Ore Stream joining up with the stream in Alexandra Park, and the route all the way to the seafront in Hastings! Soon there will be notice boards going up showing the actual routes of the streams, and the 2 routes we have created on the streets of Hastings.
Thankyou to everyone who came and said Hi! Hope you enjoyed the sunny weather like us!
In November 2015 the results for the standard of Hastings Bathing water were released – from a predicted fail in May 2015 when the new water testing year started, to not just a pass but a good standard. This is a great result and achieved through the hard work of us all and our partners, the Environment Agency, Hastings Borough Council and Southern Water.
The official announcement can be found in lots of places – the link below is the one that Southern Water posted on the day of the announcement:-
We can’t stop now though – if we all keep up the good work and continue to spread the word on what to dispose of in the toilet – just the 3 P’s remember, how to dispose of Fats, Oils and Greases and food waste, and looking at how our houses are plumbed, especially if we have undertake plumbing work ourselves or have work done for us, we could even achieve an excellent result in November 2016!
Our Clean Seas Please Campaign started in 2012 and over the three years that we have been developing and managing this so far we have undertaken lots of interesting, exciting and diverse things – from events, breakfast meetings, taking part in a BBC program, photographs with Keene, talking to plumbers, caterers, parents and, talking, walking fish of course!
We wondered how we could sum up what the issues were that brought about the campaign, Fats Oils and Greases, Ragging and Missed Connections, and what we did in order to help our partners – Environment Agency, Hastings Borough Council and Southern Water, to make changes so that Hastings could meet the new EU standard on bathing water. We decided that the best way was in a short documentary – The Clean Seas Please Film – which you can see below. We hope you enjoy it.