Bathing water results

Our region includes 700 miles of coastline which plays an important part in the local economy. We’re committed to protecting these coastal waters to ensure they are of the highest quality.

Defra’s summer sampling regime – 2022 results

Bathing water results have been shared, Wednesday November 30. 

View our summary report


Annual bathing water quality results

The quality of the UK’s bathing waters is monitored by Defra and the Environment Agency.
Bathing Water Results


Bathing water at beaches across the South East.

  • 57 are rated ‘Excellent’.
  • 22 are rated ‘Good’
  • Three are rated ‘Sufficient’
  • Two are rated ‘Poor’

The Environment Agency – weekly water quality results and beach profiles

Our region has 83 designated bathing waters. Click on the county below and select the name of the bathing water to view the Environment Agency’s weekly bathing water quality results, along with links to their beach profiles.*

* The data shown in the drop-downs below is sourced directly from the Environment Agency's website.


Enhancing our bathing waters

The 700 miles of coastline in our region are the lifeblood of many of the communities we serve – whether through tourism, business or leisure.

Over recent years, we have invested millions of pounds to improve the quality of the bathing waters in our region. Find out more about our bathing waters and what we're doing to enhance them.


Beachbuoy – daily water quality updates

We’re piloting an application called Beachbuoy to give customers daily updates about our stormwater releases in their area.

Beachbuoy covers two harbours in our region, as well as a small selection of bathing waters – giving water-users the most up-to-date information about the quality of their local waters.


Our latest Annual Report

Find out how we performed in 2020–21.
View the report

Our areas of investment

We’ve come a long way since our transformation programme started in 2017 – and we’re going further each day.
Find out more