Test the Water: Clean Water Action Pollution Watch

by Clean Water Action Group in Hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Total raised £6,900

raised so far

128

supporters

The Clean Water Action Group want to test the seawater for pollution twice a week on beaches in Hastings & St Leonards sharing the results.

by Clean Water Action Group in Hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 13th December 2023 we'd raised £6,820 with 125 supporters in 51 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

If we reach our extra target we can hold educational events to teach people about what we can do to keep our waters clean. We can also look to advance the type of testing we do and increase our audience to further increase awareness.


Who are we?

In July 2021 a Southern Water pipe burst in the Bulverhythe area flooding the beach, beach huts and local homes with sewerage. Already dealing with the impact of outflow spills, a group of concerned swimmers formed Clean Water Action Group to try and hold Southern Water to account for this continued pollution. CWAG are a non-partisan group of volunteers who are testing, lobbying, collaborating and sharing evidence-based information to reduce pollution and improve water quality.

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Impact

Clean water affects every single person in the community, whether that is the people who swim in the sea all year round, the thousands of families who bring their children to the beach, the dog walkers or anyone who eats seafood, this affects you. We need the ocean for the human race to survive and we should be protecting our precious marine life for generations to come, this issue is universal and immediate action must be taken before it is too late.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

You have probably already heard in the news about the "Sewage Scandal" that is plaguing the UK's precious rivers and beaches. It is now common knowledge that Water companies pollute our Rivers and Seas in order to avoid spending money on infrastructure so that they can take huge payments in dividends. 

We know that Southern Water has been releasing untreated sewage onto our beaches here in Hastings and St Leonards and so far this year just one outfall in st Leonard spilled for 1052 hours, or 6 weeks of continuous sewage pollution! There have been 66 reports of people being sick after swimming in Hastings and St Leonards, including someone who lost their hearing in one ear.

So who is monitoring the pollution?? 

The Environmental Agency test the water in the "bathing season' which is from 15th May to the end of September, but no one is monitoring the pollution in the months of October to April! People are still in the water swimming, walking their dogs, paddleboarding, Kayaking and letting their children paddle year-round.  

Earlier this year the CWAG testing team started testing on beaches in Hastings and St Leonards to see what the bathing water was like. The results were shocking, we found dangerously high levels of E.Coli and Faecal Bacteria on multiple occasions. 

We want to continue monitoring the water quality for our health and safety as well as for the environment. We want to test from the beginning of October to the middle of May. These results will help us protect the sea by putting pressure on the EA and other relevant organisations to implement changes to bring this pollution to and end.


How we’ll spend the money raised

The money we raise will be spent on testing the water with Eurochem Labs. Each test costs £35.04 plus postage which has to next day delivery as the samples need to reach the labs within 24 hours (this is very important!). So 32 weeks of testing will cost around £5468.80. 

If we raise more than this we can do more extensive testing and get more detailed results which will help our case when we take our results to organisations like the EA, or lobby the Government to make changes in order to stop this continued pollution! 

Any money that we have left over, or raise over the amount needed for testing we will put into education for local people about water pollution. We hope to be able to run at least one event with expert speakers, demonstrations and fun water learning activities for children!


Rewards

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£50 or more

£50 Reward - Clean Water Action T-Shirt

For every person who donates £50 we will give out a Clean Water Action T-shirt!

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