New meanings to words develop all the time. Staycationing used to mean holidaying at home; now it means not a holiday abroad.
Anyway, Staycationers are now being urged to become #WaterWarriors and make the right choices when visiting beaches, rivers and lakes this summer in a new Environment Agency campaign launched today.
Record numbers are expected to holiday at home due to ongoing coronavirus uncertainties, with an estimated 30 million people expected to visit our beaches , and still more visiting rivers and lakes across the country.
Many will flock to popular English beaches and lakes designated as bathing waters to swim and enjoy the country’s blue spaces. You will be pleased to know that Bude’s waters (Summerleaze, Crooklets, Sandymouth, Northcott and Widemouth) are designated as excellent.
Visitors are being encouraged to ‘know before you go’ by checking the Environment Agency’s Swimfo website, which provides instant, easy access to information on over 400 bathing waters in England, including the latest water quality classification – and, for some bathing waters, when warnings are issued due to the temporary effects on water quality after a rainy day or high tides. Having this information at the fingertips ensures people have the most up-to-date information before they take the plunge.
Joint advice with Public Health England is also available on open water swimming – that’s swimming anywhere that isn’t a public pool – at Swim healthy.
Staycationers are also being encouraged to consider how their actions, whether at home or on holiday, can affect water quality and to remember a few simple actions they can take to protect blue spaces for everyone:
- only flush the 3Ps – pee, poo and paper
- never pour fats and oils down the sink
- never flush wet wipes and sanitary products down the loo
- always take your rubbish away from the beach
- always bag and bin your dog’s poo
- never pour waste liquids or throw litter down surface water drains