People in Bude will now be able to receive information about the bathing water quality of their local beach at the touch of a button.
Working in partnership with Volunteer Cornwall, Cornwall Rural Community Council, Coast - One Plant Tourism, the Environment Agency has developed and installed an interactive touch screen display at the entrance to Summerleaze Beach.
With only two years to go until bathing waters need to meet much tougher standards under the new European Bathing Water Directive, this is part of the work being carried out to move Summerleaze beach from ‘Good’ to ‘Excellent’ bathing water status by 2015 by delivering the Bude Cleaner Seas Project.
The screen displays water quality information using a Bathing Water widget. The widget shows the weekly Ecoli and intestinal enterococci result for the beach.
The bathing water quality screen will be officially unveiled by the Bude Cleaner Seas Project at the Beach Hotel, Summerleaze Crescent, Bude between 11am and 12.30pm on Wednesday, 24 July.
The media are invited to come along to the official unveiling.
Ian Saltern from Volunteer Cornwall and Project Manager of the Cleaner Seas Project, said:
"Cleaner Seas is a unique national pilot project which seeks to engage the whole community in addressing those issues which can affect bathing water quality.Dave Miller from the Environment Agency, said:
In having the interactive bathing water sign as part of the wider Cleaner Sea project, Bude is showing that it is ahead of the game with regards to keeping the public informed about their beach and sea water."
"The sign has been designed to help raise awareness of bathing waters plus highlight the importance of Summerleaze beach to the Bude area and Bude community. Users can navigate to a graph which shows the river ammonia, turbidity, dissolved oxygen levels which feeds our bathing water."
Other information displayed by the screen includes the Bude weather forecast, Bude surf reports, the Summerleaze bathing water profile plus displays contact numbers and Twitter feeds for organisations operating in the area.