Water good idea – bathing water quality on Twitter

Swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders will be able to check the quality of Plymouth’s bathing water every day.

Plymouth has two EU designated bathing waters at East and West Hoe, which are monitored by the Environment Agency.

From Friday 15 May, the start of the bathing season, the agency will tweet the water quality prediction via Twitter accounts @PlymouthHoeEBW and @PlymouthHoeWBW every day.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “More and more people are enjoying activities that involve being in the water as well as on the water. Over the last few years there have been huge efforts to clean up our water and we have made steady progress.

“As Britain’s Ocean City we want people to enjoy the waterfront and this is a very simple way to get the information they need to decide whether or not to take a dip.”

For those not on Twitter, new boards have been installed on the waterfront on the wall near the Wet Wok and another by the stairs to the Terrace Café which will have a daily update on whether swimming is recommended due to the water quality.

The water quality predictions can also be found at www.plymouth.gov.uk/bathingwaterquality