Mixed results for UK bathing waters

More English bathing waters were classified as ‘excellent’ this year than in 2017, although the number of that failed to meet the minimum standard increased

Durdle Door, Dorset coast
The UK's bathing water quality declined slightly in 2018

More English bathing waters were classified as ‘excellent’ this year than in 2017, although the number of that failed to meet the minimum standard increased.

The annual results were released by DEFRA on Thursday, demonstrating that compliance had fallen for the second year running. In 2018, the cleanliness of 97.9% of designated waters was at least ‘sufficient’, compared to 98.3% in 2017 and 98.5% in 2016.

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