Swimming Water Quality Cleaner Than Ever Before Recorded

The Guardian reports: “Beaches in Blackpool, Ilfracombe, Hastings and Margate among those set to fail new safety standards in 2015, despite water at public swimming spots being cleaner than ever last year.”

Twenty-five beaches in England may fail to meet tough new EU standards for bathing water quality that come into force on Friday.

Water at the 417 bathing spots monitored by the Environment Agency (EA) in 2014 was cleaner than ever recorded, with 99.5% meeting standards for intestinal enterococci and E. coli, faecal bacteria that cause eye and ear infections and gastroenteritis. In 1988, a third of swimming spots failed the tests.

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But the data published by the EA on Friday show that authorities will have to redouble efforts to make all public swimming areas safe under the revised EU Bathing Water Directive, which comes into force this summer bathing season, which opens on Friday.”

The beaches expected to fail new EU bathing water standards

Allonby Blackpool Central Blackpool North Budleigh Salterton Burnham Jetty North Clacton (Groyne 41) Cleveleys Fleetwood Hastings Haverigg Henleaze Lake Ilfracombe Wildersmouth Instow Lancing, Beach Green Lyme Regis Church Cliff Beach Morecambe South Mothecombe Porth Porthluney Seaton (Cornwall) Silloth Spittal Staithes Teignmouth Town Walpole Bay, Margate

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