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Send SAS Your Watersports Pictures from The North East!

Do your surf, windsurf, kitesurf, dive, kayak, sail (dinghy or small yachts)or swim in the sea off any of the northeast's beaches between Saltburn and Hartley Reef?

And do you use the water from the beginning of October to the end of April?

If the answer to BOTH of these questions is YES then Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) need your help!

Northumbrian Water has applied to the Environment Agency to turn-off the UV disinfection sewage treatment process outside the 'bathing season' at six sewage treatment works in the northeast (Howdon, Hendon, Seaton Carew, Billingham, Bran Sands and Marske). SAS are objecting on the grounds that water quality will be reduced, therefore increasing the risk of contracting a sewage related illness in a region highly popular with recreational water users.

In order for SAS to challenge Northumbrian Water's assumption that 'on average no more than ten surfers per week use the sea for recreation in this region from the beginning of October to the end of April' they want water users to send them their pictures of people using the water for recreation during this time. Ideally it needs to document line-ups as opposed to individuals surfing as they want to show how well used these beaches can be on their day, however please do send any individual shots as this can still help show people are using the water throughout the winter and beyond!

The quality doesn't have to be great (mobile phone shots could be OK) but they must be emailed. You must also include information on where it is and when it was taken. Also try and keep the pictures smallish in size please (around 1MB).

The beaches SAS are particularly interested in are Hartley Reef (near Tynemouth) , Whitley Bay, Tynemouth area, South Shields, Whitburn, Sunderland area, Hartlepool area, Coatham, Redcar and Saltburn. If you use other beaches that are in this area still please send them, but again include location information.

The more SAS get the more success they'll have in challenging Northumbrian Water's proposal to turn off the UV disinfection process at local sewage treatment works. If Northumbrian Water are successful then water quality will become poorer right across the region and increase the chances of us becoming sick more often.

Send your pics to: northeastpics@sas.org.uk

SAS must receive all pics by 28th February 2007 if they are to use them in an action to support their ongoing campaigning.

For more information please contact Richard Hardy on Tel: 01872 555951.

Send your pics!

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS)
KGB Kiteboarding

Added: 2007-03-09

Category: News

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