Pollution app to protect surfers and bathers
An alert which warns which beaches are contaminated with pollution has been launched by a Westcountry-based environmental campaign group.
The app, developed by Surfers Against Sewage, allows beach goers to find out about discharges of untreated waste at around 250 popular beaches.
Cornish surfer Ben Skinner, a British and international champion longboarder, said: "Nobody wants to unwittingly surf in sewage because the health risks range from the uncomfortable ear, nose and throat infections to much more serious health risks."
The free app accesses real-time data from water companies on combined sewer overflows, which allow untreated sewage and storm water into the sea in periods of heavy rain to prevent sewers backing up.
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It is funded by the Environment Agency and also allows users to report pollution incidents, as well as send a "must try harder" message to water companies. Non-smartphone users can sign up for free text messages. See sas.org.uk.