Great news for British beaches as bathing water results are announced

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 18 November 2016

It might be a bit too nippy to take a dip today, but 564 (that’s 91%) of UK designated bathing waters (beaches and a few inland waters) tested this summer have attained é’Excellent’ or é’Good’ results based on their water quality over the last four bathing seasons.

It might be a bit too nippy to take a dip today, but 564 (that’s 91%) of UK designated bathing waters (beaches and a few inland waters) tested this summer have attained é’Excellent’ or é’Good’ results based on their water quality over the last four bathing seasons. This is a 3% improvement when compared with last year. The latest results also show an improvement in the number of beaches obtaining the minimum required é’sufficient’ standard with the number rated as é’poor’ reducing from 29 (5% of all beaches) last year, to 20 (3%), this year. Overall, we think this is really great news, and is definitely a good outcome from our long-running campaign to highlight sewage problems, and our work to help make the EU Bathing Water Directive work better for our seas. We’ll still be working hard to ensure that beaches struggling to make the grade are invested in, and to ensure that, despite the relatively dry summers we have been lucky to have over the last few years, we don’t become complacent. We need to keep bathing water quality at the top of the agenda. We must have resilient sewage systems, and reduced pollution from farm land when it rains, so that our bathing waters can remain excellent even with our changeable weather. Check the Good Beach Guide now with the results all up to date for beaches in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We will update the results for the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, plus a few extra voluntarily sampled UK beaches early next year.

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