Environment Agency resumes on-site bathing water monitoring

Posted: Friday 21st August 2020

Bathing water monitoring has resumed at designated bathing water sites in England.

The Environment Agency has resumed sampling at bathing water sites following the government advice on easing lockdown restrictions. Throughout lockdown, regulatory work has continued to maintain the quality of bathing waters, including pollution prevention measures such as ensuring that permitted discharges do not affect water quality. Now that on-site monitoring can resume, the data from this will help highlight trends in bathing water quality and provide useful data to the public this summer. Bathing water quality in England remains high with 98.3% of bathing waters passing the minimum standard in 2019, and of these, 71% are classified as Excellent. The latest classifications for over 400 designated bathing waters in England can be found on our water quality website: www.gov.uk/quality-of-local-bathing-water. Our daily pollution risk forecasting service has been providing updates on water quality throughout lockdown. This year the system has been upgraded providing even more accurate forecasts of when a temporary reduction in water quality is likely. For information on pollution risk forecasts and warnings, visit www.gov.uk/quality-of-local-bathing-water. The EA will continue to seek improvements to bathing water quality, but everyone has a part to play. You can protect the quality of bathing waters and beaches by following some simple advice:

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