Swimmers advised not to swim in sea at Uphill and Burnham

PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 May 2018

Uphill Slipway Beach on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare. Picture: Sarah Charlesworth.

Uphill Slipway Beach on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare. Picture: Sarah Charlesworth.


Water off beaches in Uphill and Burnham-on-Sea are not safe to swim in because of sewage issues, according to the Environment Agency.

Lifeguards will resume their duties next summer.Lifeguards will resume their duties next summer.

The quality of the waters off Uphill slipway and Burnham’s north jetty have been given a ‘poor’ rating following analysis from weekly samples taken from 2014-2017.

The Environment Agency report on Burnham states: “This bathing water is subject to short-term pollution.

“Short-term pollution is caused when heavy rainfall washes faecal material into the sea from livestock, sewage and urban drainage via rivers and streams.”

The Environment Agency has confirmed 422 of England’s beaches have passed strict quality tests – meaning they are safe to bathe in - while it is advising people not to swim at seven beaches including Uphill and Burnham.

For details on the water quality at beaches near you, visit http://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles

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