A new programme by the Anvironmental Agency will see over than 160 British beaches to benefit from a share in a £4bn venture aimed at tackling pollution at its source.
The environmental programme will involve water companies investing in dozens of new projects before 2015.
These projects will be aimed at the direct improvement of water quality, as well as scientific investigations intended to identify the source of contamination on various beaches across England and Wales.
The Environmental Agency has nicknamed the project CSI Seaside due to the ground-breaking technology which will be used to identify sources of pollution. This will involve using state-of-the-art DNA techniques to identify problem areas.
The project is expected to oversee the fitting of a predicted 340 sewer monitoring kits, which are intended to prevent overflow which can occur during periods of heavy rainfall.
The Environment Agency's bathing water lead, Chris Tuckett stated: "Bathing water quality around England and Wales has improved dramatically over the past 20 years but we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to do more.
"New standards that come into force in 2015 will set even more ambitious targets and we are using the latest technology available to help meet these goals.
"By using cutting edge equipment and the latest forensic techniques, we can help pinpoint the exact causes of pollution and tackle them.
"Everyone has a part to play in improving bathing water quality. As well as using new technology, we are working with local communities to further improve our bathing waters in the coming years."
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