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The Safer Seas Service is the only national real-time water quality service that protects all water users from pollution. The pioneering service alerts water users when sewer overflows discharge untreated human sewage into the sea and when water quality is temporarily reduced due to heavy rainfall and pollution incidents at over 370 beaches across England, Scotland and Wales. This information empowers you to make an informed decision about how, when and where you use the sea. The app also includes complementary beach information; including real-time surf conditions, tide times, beach activities, nearby facilities and lifeguard services.

Untreated sewage and wastewater frequently discharges from thousands of sewer overflows around the UK, sometimes significantly reducing water quality. When these events occur, Surfers Against Sewage is automatically notified by the water company and issues a real-time sewage alert through the Safer Seas Service so surfers, swimmers and other water users can avoid this potentially harmful pollution incident.

Water quality can also be reduced by heavy rainfall causing the input of multiple, often unidentified pollution sources, including road, urban and agricultural run-off and leakage from septic tanks. When these sources combine, they can often have a significant impact on water quality. The app includes daily pollution risk forecasts made by the Environment Agency, NRW and SEPA for 200 locations across the UK.

Through the Safer Seas Service you can tell Surfers Against Sewage if you have been made sick from surfing, swimming, sailing, SUP-ing etc to help with their water quality campaigning. Simply send them a Health Report through the app.

Want to highlight the issue of water quality to local politicians? You can email them directly from the Safer Seas Service when sewage is being discharged or there is an increased risk of pollution at a location.

What’s New

Version 3.0.0

Did you get sick after entering the sea? You can now tell Surfers Against Sewage what happened, where and when by submitting a health report through the Safer Seas Service. They will anonymise the information to use in their campaigning for better water quality.

You can now also email the local politician when sewage is being discharged or there is a high risk of pollution at a location direct from the Safer Seas Service. We need our elected leaders to put in place laws that protect the quality of seas and rivers so we need them to know that this is still an issue in their local area.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
928 Ratings

928 Ratings

Augustus23 ,

Outstanding App

To be able to have such important info at your fingertips is incredible. This app allows a really clear informed decision to be made about where it's safe to go in the sea when pollution is a concern.

Heliecopter ,

Much needed App

Great little app to find out water conditions in your area. However, when l tried to share my beach conditions via share beach status on FB all it did was show a link to the web page and not my beach. So pointless. Please fix and keep up the excellent work. Also there’s no time or date, so l dont know how old notifications are.

NEWaterWatcher ,

Transparency at last

Not sure why it has become so difficult for the authorities to declare when bathing waters are being contaminated. Our wild swimmers and water spirts community will now be informed. That’s all we want.


Surfers Against Sewage Ltd.
75.3 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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