Clear Streams is a local partnership initiative focused on all things water-related within Swansea. The key aim of Clear Streams is to promote a healthier and cleaner water environment for the benefit of people, communities and wildlife, now and in the future.
Clear Streams aims to work with communities, local groups and businesses to improve our water environment. This can be as simple as offering advice on how to reduce pollution by correcting misconnections or helping to install free water butts and ponds to reduce the amount of water entering our sewers.
Tacking Misconnections in Swansea Leads to Cleaner Bathing WaterThe City Swansea sits behind the wide arc of Swansea Bay. Natural Resources Wales and The City and County of Swansea have been working in partnership to make sure that the water quality in the bay is a good as possible and meets the stringent targets set by the new bathing water regulations. Until recently, it was predicted that Swansea bay would fail the new standards so something needed to be done.
Following extensive investigations into the causes of bad water quality in the Bay, misconnections were identified as one of the major sources of pollution in the area. In response to these findings, Council and NRW set up the Swansea Misconnection Project. The aim of the project is to track down and eliminate misconnections and ensure that the streams and rivers that flow into the bay are free from sewage pollution.
A dedicated misconnection team was set up and over the last three years they have inspected well over 4000 houses in West Swansea. So far they have found around 300 houses with misconnections. That means that on average, about 6.5% of houses in the area seem to be misconnected.
Nearly all the misconnections identified have now been corrected. As a result the nearby river Clyne is running much cleaner than it has in years. This is thought to be one of the main contributions to the recent improvement in bathing water quality in Swansea bay. Recent sample results now show that the bay is passing the new bathing water standards and that the water quality is continuing to improve. Good news for bathers and proof positive that tacking misconnections can have a positive impact on both the environment and people’s health and wellbeing.