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Alton Water Sports Centre Ltd
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Tel: 01473 328408

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Water Open

26 Sep 2018

We’re delighted to say the Blue-green algae levels at Alton Water have reduced significantly and the blooms have stopped.
After a series of clear samples taken over 24 hours, we are satisfied the levels are now back to normal and water sports can resume.

More from the Chair

17 Sep 2018

Dear All

Further to my previous post I can inform you that progress over the new lease is being made and we are dealing with several sticking issues in conjunction with Anglian Water. Things are progressing thanks to both parties understanding each other and moving towards a common ground which will be to the benefit of you all. both Anglian water and ourselves are dedicated to make sure that the Alton water experience improves for you all as well as for other users of the water.

Can I please remind people that we are trying our hardest to solve all the issues that we face and are doing so at considerable cost to ourselves time and effort wise in order that sailing can resume for you all.

We (Anglian Water and ourselves) cannot be held responsible for what has happened this summer. BG algae is a fact of life in inland waters and we have to live with that. It is unfortunate that the algae happened at the same time as we are also negotiating over our lease to be allowed to continue to operate. The negotiations are progressing. We as a board of trustees will inform you all with what is happening when negotiations are complete. We will also inform you what is happening with regard to the Algae as soon as we can. Levels are dropping and we can all hope that we will be allowed to use the water soon. Please be patient.

Yours Mark Hainsworth

Chairman's Letter

16 Sep 2018

Dear All,

What a disappointing summer, perhaps one of the best summers weather-wise for a long time and our Landlord, Anglian water, had to close the water due to Algae issues due to safety reasons.

Whilst it was initially hoped and envisaged that this would only be for a week or so at worst, there are still no signs of the water being opened in the next couple of weeks, although this may change with the cooler weather, winds and increased rainfall.

To add to all this, Anglian water, after some 40 years of 3 year rolling leases, have advised us that they are reviewing their options for park and at this stage they are only willing to renew our lease in a format that would give us occupation rights on a very short term basis and not allow us to continue in the same manner as which we have become accustomed.

We have had numerous meetings on this and are seeking to persuade Anglian Water to reconsider. There has been some significant movement over recent days. We will try to keep members up to date as and when we can but at present there is little of any substance to reveal. We are hopeful, we will be able to resume use of the water and be able to give you positive news about the future very soon.

Yours faithfully

Mark Hainsworth

Chairman of Alton Water Sports Centre Charity.

Opening times

23 Jul 2018

The centre will be closing at 5 pm until the water is open again 

Water Closed

20 Jul 2018

As you may have seen in the media this week ‘blue green algae’ has been detected in a number of bodies of water across the UK. This algae is commonly found in water across the UK and is only a problem if it multiplies, known as a ‘bloom’This can happen as a result of hot weather, such as the long hot spell the nation has been experiencing over the recent weeks. 


We regularly test the quality of the water in all of our reservoirs over the summer to be sure it is of its usual high standard and safe for water sports. 


Today (Friday 20 July), blooms of blue green algae have been detected at Alton Water and we have taken the decision to temporarily close the water sports facilities and the Aqua Park with immediate effect as a precaution.  


While we know this will be disappointing for people booked into the Aqua Park or expecting to use the water sports facilities, the safety of the visitors is our top priority.  We will be testing the water twice daily and will reopen the facilities once algal levels return to normal.



Aqua Park customers

If you are booked into the Aqua Park over the coming days, your session will unfortunately be cancelled. Aqua Park will be contacting individual customers to reschedule bookings as soon as the algal levels are back to normal.  If that’s not possible, you will be reimbursed for your session.  Please contact Aqua Park directly about your booking. 


Water Sports Centre customers

If you have bookings with the Water Sports Centre at Alton Water, your sessions will be cancelled. Please contact the Water Sports Centre directly. 01473 328 408 


Campsite customers

Alton Water is still open to campsite customers and visitors wanting to walk or cycle around the reservoir, or to enjoy the tea room. However, access to the water is not permitted.  


Dog walkers

Please note dogs should be kept on a lead at all times and should not be allowed to enter the water at any point. 



We are sorry for the disappointment caused to visitors who will no doubt have been looking forward to their day out. We know the Aqua Park is hugely popular, as are the other water sports facilities, but algal blooms are a natural occurrence and therefore difficult to predict or prevent. 


We will keep this page updated with information. You can register for updates on this topic at


Please do check for updates before you make the trip.



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