Oxford granted bathing water status at Wolvercote Mill Stream
Tuesday 12th April 2022 10:27
- Thames Water is a member of the Oxford Rivers Project which made the application for Designated Bathing Water Status at Wolvercote Mill Stream
- Thames Water provided river water quality monitoring support by analysing River Thames water samples at its laboratories
- The company is upgrading its Witney sewage treatment works which is upstream of Wolvercote Mill Stream to assist in improving river health.
Thames Water has welcomed the first river to be designated bathing water in its region.
Wolvercote Mill Stream, which is located north of Port Meadow in Oxford, has become the second inland river in the UK to achieve Designated Bathing Water Status.
Thames Water is part of the Oxford Rivers Project which made the official bathing water application and has recently announced a package of measures to improve river quality and reduce sewage discharges in its region.
The company also supported the application through water quality monitoring of the River Thames and sample analysis at its laboratories.
Designated Bathing Water Status at Wolvercote Mill Stream means the public will be able to access weekly water quality data throughout the official outdoor bathing season, which runs from May to September.
Thames Water will continue to monitor water quality levels in the area to help improve and maintain the status of the bathing water site, in partnership with Oxford City Council, the Environment Agency and the Oxford Rivers Project.