25 English beaches set to fail new bathing water standard
The revised EU Bathing Water Directive coming into force this year is set to mean 25 English beaches fail the new standard, the Environment Agency has warned.
From November 2015, the allowed concentrations of bacteria such as E.coli and intestinal enterococci to obtain the directive’s ‘excellent’ rating will be cut by half. This will mean that 25 English beaches, including Blackpool, Ilfracombe, Hastings and Margate could fail to meet the tighter standards, say the EA.
The two most significant sources of pollution that reduce water quality are pollution from agriculture and sewage from water company infrastructure. Water companies have made significant investments to improve bathing water quality during the last two decades, with infrastructure improvements to minimise overflows from sewer systems and catchment management initiatives to tackle other pollution.
Ed Mitchell, executive director of environment and business at the EA said the new higher standards for bathing water will further protect the public.
The 25 beaches at risk of failing the new standards are:
Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Burnham Jetty North, Somerset
Clacton (Groyne 41), Essex
Henleaze Lake, Bristol
Ilfracombe Wildersmouth, Devon
Lancing, Beach Green, West Sussex
Lyme Regis Church Cliff Beach, West Dorset
Morecambe South, Lancashire
Staithes, North Yorkshire
Teignmouth Town, Devon
Walpole Bay, Margate, Kent
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