Bathing waters improve on target

The proportion of UK bathing waters meeting EC regulations on coliform standards increased from 76% in 1991 to 79% during 1992, Environment Minister David Maclean has revealed in a parliamentary answer.1

Compliance with standards for faecal and total coliforms laid down by the 1976 EC Directive on bathing water quality has recovered from a setback last year. In 1991, the compliance rate fell back to 76%, the same as in 1989, after reaching 77% in 1990.

Last year's poorer result was blamed on less favourable weather compared to the two previous dry summers (ENDS Report 202, pp 27-28). Sunny dry weather kills off sewage bacteria in the sea

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