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Free pollution alerts direct to your mobile

If you're concerned about air quality in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, a new notification service called 'Herts & Beds Air Pollution Alert System' could be invaluable.

­­­­­­­East Herts Council, along with supplier Ricardo Energy and Environment and 10 other Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire local authorities has signed up to the service, which provides a text or email alert straight to your mobile if levels of air pollution in your area increase to a moderate level or above.

The alerts are sent out before moderate, high, or very high levels of air pollution are forecast. It is free to sign up and you can choose to receive emails or text messages, enabling you to find out when air pollution is at elevated levels in the area in which you live, work, or travel. To sign up go to http://www.airqualityengland.co.uk/local-authority and under the tab Choose local authority - select Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

The text-messaging and email service sits alongside the website that provides 'at-a-glance' air quality information for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Coloured markers on a map pinpoint exact areas and provide an immediate pollution summary ranging from 1-10.

The launch of the new service is timely as the Government published its Clean Air Strategy in January, which looks to local authorities to provide pollution alerts and cut pollution.

Graham McAndrew, East Herts Council's executive member for environment and the public space, said: "This alert system is quick and easy to use. It's a brilliant example of how technology can help us better understand air pollution levels in the locality, providing information to help each of us decide what we can do to tackle the problem."

Hertfordshire County Council's cabinet member for public health and prevention, Tim Hutchings, said: "I am delighted to support this initiative, it will provide an early warning service which will enable people to take action to minimise the effects of pollution episodes on their health."

 

 

March 4 2019