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Wallace, the wet wipe monster, heads to East Looe to highlight why ‘flushing’ is bad for bathing

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The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is bringing its monster made of wet wipes to the Looe Festival of the Sea (Sunday 4th June) to highlight why being a ‘flusher’ in the bathroom rather than a ‘binner’ is bad for the bathing water quality at beaches like East Looe. The charity says that flushing anything but “the 3Ps” – pee, poo and paper – down the loo can lead to blocked drains resulting in pollution on beaches and in the sea.

Three metres tall and eight metres wide, ‘Wallace’ will be on show at East Looe beach as part of the Looe Marine Conservation Group Festival of the Sea. He’ll help the charity explain to the public the financial and environmental cost of putting the wrong stuff down the loo!

MCS says that the number of wet wipes found on UK beaches has increased by almost 700% over the last decade. Wet wipes are commonly used in the bathroom to remove make-up, clean up babies’ bottoms and wipe toilet seats and, once used, are then often popped down the toilet and flushed. And that’s where it all goes wrong!

Water companies are finding that, when flushed, wipes result in blockages because they don’t meet the water industry standard allowing them to be flushed. South West Water says it costs them, and their customers, £4.5million each year to clear around 8,500 blockages in their sewerage network – about 65% of which are caused by wipes and other sanitary products being flushed down the toilet. These blockages can result in localised flooding in people’s homes or gardens and can cause sewers to overflow onto beaches and into the sea. This type of pollution can affect the bathing water quality at beaches like East Looe.

In 2015 East Looe bathing water was classified as ‘Poor’ and signs were displayed advising against bathing. In 2016, with the help of The Looe Bathing Water Quality Partnership involving local organisations and the community working together on initiatives to reduce sewer overflows, introduce better farming practices and anti-pollution campaigns, the bathing water quality had risen to ‘Sufficient’.

MCS Water Quality Programme Manager, Rachel Wyatt, says pollution comes from a variety of sources: “At East Looe the main source of pollution is from farmland with a smaller amount coming from the surrounding town. It’s also affected by sewer overflow pipes which are designed to prevent localised flooding. They allow rainwater and diluted sewage to flow into rivers and the sea, relieving pressure on the sewerage system during periods of high rainfall. Because the pollution comes from a wide range of sources it’s imperative communities work together.”

By taking ‘Wallace’, to East Looe, MCS hopes to raise awareness in the town of the importance of clean bathing waters and how everyone can do their part to reduce pollution. The charity will be asking people to remember that all wet wipes belong in the bin and only the 3Ps – Pee, Poo and Paper – should be flushed down the toilet.

Further information about wet wipes and the problems they cause can be read at www.wetwipesturnnasty.co.uk

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife. Find out more about their work at www.mcsuk.org

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WIN a Bigblue Expandable Tray!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue Expandable Tray as a prize!!!

The Bigblue expandable tray (176mm-287mm) has fittings and screws to attach action and compact cameras. The base and handles are made from high grade aluminium with the handles having a neoprene grip. The package also includes clamps and adaptors for 1” ball and YS light fittings.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that the Handicapped Scuba Association South Africa has announced plans to host their 6th Annual fundraising event “HSASA 50hr Dive–A-Thon 2021” this year. But on what dates will the event take place?

Is it:

  • A) 15th – 17th October
  • B) 22nd – 24th October
  • C) 29th – 31st October

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue Extendable Tray March 2021

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Jeff chats to… Jim Elliott and Tinamarie Hernandez of Diveheart (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jim Elliott, Founder and President of Diveheart, and Tinamarie Hernandez who is the organization’s Executive Director.

Diveheart is a US-based, nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization which aims to provide and support educational scuba diving programs that are open to any child, adult or veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value to that person.

In their own words:

We’ve discovered the forgiving, weightless wonder of the water column provides the perfect gravity-free environment for those who might otherwise struggle on land. Underwater, we’re all equal.

Diveheart works with individuals who have a variety of disabilities, including physical and developmental disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and more. Diveheart seeks to help its participants “Imagine the Possibilities” in their lives.

 

Find out more about Diveheart and their valuable work at www.diveheart.org.


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

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