Air quality and pollution
Have you ever wondered how the air around you might affect your day to day health?
Across the UK it's predicted that poor air quality leads to 40,000 premature deaths from exposure to particulate and nitrogen dioxide pollution.
What about Warrington?
In 2013, 4.8% of all mortality in our town was attributable to man-made particulate pollution the equivalent to 95 premature deaths. This is slightly worse than the average for the north west of 4.6%. There are no figures available for Warrington on the health impact from nitrogen dioxide exposure.
Whilst the majority of Warrington has good air quality, there are areas close to major roads where nitrogen dioxide levels are high and exceed national standards.
We have three real time monitoring sites in Warrington where we assess the air quality using a mix of diffusion tubes and real time monitoring data.
Check out the latest measured data on any of our three sites:
- Selby Street urban background site - this site is part of the AURN national network and measures nitrogen dioxide, PM10 and PM2.5.
- Parker Street roadside - situated on the edge of the AQMA to measure nitrogen dioxide.
- Chester Road roadside - located near the swing bridge at roadside to measure nitrogen dioxide.
Air quality management
We currently have three Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) in Warrington: