News Item: Bathing Water Standards published

Earlier in the month Defra published figures regarding England’s bathing water standards. Figures showed that 93 per cent of England’s bathing waters met the minimum European water quality standard, with over 58 per cent meeting the tighter guideline standard following one of the wettest summers on record.

A number of bathing water sites failed to meet the required standards. This is due to some waters in England remaining vulnerable to the effects of very heavy rainfall as pollution is washed from cities and rural areas into our rivers and streams.

Further information can be found on Defra’s website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2012/11/06/bathing-water/

The water quality results for bathing waters in England for 2012 can be found at:

http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/water/waterquality/bathing/documents/bathing-waters-results-summary-2012.pdf