Saltcoats Bathing Water update June 29 2022

  29 June 2022

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has updated its advice on paddling or bathing at Saltcoats.

Following further sampling of the sea water, SEPA’s bathing water electronic signage at Saltcoats has returned to reflecting daily water quality predictions.

Signage was changed on Wednesday, 22 June, to advise against bathing or paddling. This was after Scottish Water informed SEPA of an issue at Saltcoats Sewage Pumping Station due to a burst on a nearby rising main. As part of the repair works, it was necessary for an emergency, screened discharge to the sea at Stevenston. A repair of the rising main has now been completed and the discharge stopped.

A spokesperson for SEPA said: “Following visual checks of the beach and additional water sampling by our officers at Saltcoats, SEPA has returned the electronic bathing water signage to reflecting daily water quality predictions.

“Water sampling will continue to take place throughout the summer as part of routine testing.

“We would encourage anyone concerned about a potential pollution incident to contact our 24-hour pollution reporting line as soon as possible. This can be done through our online form at www.sepa.org.uk/report." 

SEPA worked closely with Scottish Water, North Ayrshire Council and NHS Ayrshire and Arran to respond to and monitor the situation.

Notes to editors:
Update on Saltcoats bathing water from Friday 24 June - Saltcoats Bathing Water update June 24 2022 | Media | Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Update on Saltcoats bathing water from Thursday 23 June - Advice against bathing at Saltcoats bathing water | Media | Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
SEPA’s website includes a list of all locations where sampling results are posted, daily predictions, bathing water profiles and more - Bathing Waters : Predictions (sepa.org.uk)