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Wales' bathing waters return to 100% compliance

The quality of Wales' bathing waters is 100 per cent compliant with EU standards for the first time since 2015.

Cemaes Bay on Anglesey is among the sites to have improvedCemaes Bay on Anglesey is among the sites to have improved

This season's results were recently announced by the Welsh Government and showed all 104 monitored sites achieving a ‘Sufficient’, ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ classification.

Several sites have improved including Cemaes Bay, Anglesey – which went from ‘Poor’ to ‘Sufficient’ – and Wiseman’s Bridge, Pembrokeshire, which has climbed from ‘Sufficient’ six years ago to an ‘Excellent’ classification.

Despite these improvements, some sites like Whitmore Bay, Barry, and Tywyn, Meirionnydd, have dropped down a classification from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Good’.

Nadia DeLonghi, operations manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: “Making sure Wales’ bathing waters are safe and clean for people and wildlife is a huge part of our job.

“We’re pleased that Wales’ bathing waters are 100 per cent compliant with EU quality standards and it’s good to see our hard work pay off.

“We’re particularly pleased about the quality improvement of places like Cemaes Bay on Anglesey and Wisemans Bridge in Pembrokeshire that have been real focus areas for us over the years.

“We are of course disappointed that the water quality classification has dropped in some places. We’ll work hard to find the reasons behind this but it’s important to remember these waters are still safe.

“Our work will continue, in partnership with others, so that bathing water standards are maintained and continue to improve where necessary.”  

Samples are taken at least six times during the bathing season which runs from 15 May to 30 September. They are taken for testing to find their average water quality level and are classified as either “Excellent”, “Good”, “Sufficient” or “Poor”.

Quality levels can be negatively affected by a number of things including sewage, farmland pollution and animal faeces.

Author: Robin Hackett, editor, WWT
Topic: Policy & Regulation , Drinking water quality
Tags: Wales , Bathing water quality , Dwr Cymru Welsh Water , Natural Resources Wales

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