96% of monitored sites meet the minimum standards across Europe

In the annual bathing water report published in May 2016, water quality was shown to have improved continuously over time leading to 96% of monitored bathing sites in the EU meeting the minimum standards for water quality in 2015.

The Bathing Water Directive was introduced 40 years ago and the 2016 report compiles analyses of water sampled at more than 21000 coastal and inland bathing sites across the EU, Switzerland and Albania indicating whether or not it has been contaminated by faecal pollution from sewage or livestock.

So whether you’re planning a summer holiday in the UK or further afield you can check out the water quality by clicking here on the European Environment Agency’s Interactive Map showing the performance of each bathing site.

For more information on UK bathing waters click here.

Here’s to another 40 years of water quality improvements!

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