The Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP), formerly known as the National Environment Programme (NEP), is a national investment programme for all water only and water and wastewater companies. It includes investigations, monitoring, options appraisals and schemes to drive improvements and prevent deterioration and protect the water environment. These commitments form part of each water company’s Asset Management Plan (AMP) and form a set of regulatory obligations which must be delivered.
Tynemouth Cullercoats bathing water quality category has seen in recent year’s a deterioration from Good in 2016 to Poor in 2018 and 2019. The Cullercoats Bathing Water Quality Group (CBWQG) was formed in 2017 and is a partnership group of representatives from Northumbrian Water Group (NWG), North Tyneside Council and the Environment Agency.
The group have been working in collaboration since 2017 to investigate the cause for deterioration in bathing water quality in recent years at Cullercoats Bay.
In 2020, after 3 years of extensive investigations between the three agencies, funding has been secured by NWG to undertake a detailed study of this particular bathing water under the WINEP programme.
In September 2020, NWG commissioned Esh Stantec (ES) to undertake this particular Bathing Water Study and they will provide technical expertise to the CBWQG. The initial part of the study is for understanding where the gaps have been in the previous three years of investigations, undertake further work in 2021 to find the root cause(s) for the deterioration. Once the reason(s) of the deterioration are established, which could be complex or possibly only singular in nature, solution(s) will be recommended to ensure no further future deterioration is possible.
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