Record-setting compliance for bathing waters

A record number of beaches passed EU standards on bathing water quality this year. But compliance after 2015 remains challenging.

UK bathing water quality achieved record compliance this year, DEFRA has reported. The figures mark a rebound from the poor showing caused by last year’s wet summer.

Mandatory standards set by the 2006 EU Bathing Water Directive were passed at 602 out of 608 (99%) designated UK beaches. In 2012 only 94% passed (ENDS Report 454, p24).

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