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.

We publish annual bathing water quality results here (last updated March 2022).

You will also find links to the Environment Agency’s bathing water profiles and weekly bathing water quality test results below.


Annual bathing water quality results

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


Defra’s summer sampling regime – 2021 results

Bathing water at beaches across the South East have achieved their highest ever ratings in Defra’s Bathing Water summer sampling regime.

  • 60 are rated ‘Excellent’.
  • 20 are rated ‘Good’
  • Three are rated ‘Sufficient’
  • None is rated ‘Poor’ (for the fourth year running)

The breakdown is as follows:*

A breakdown of bathing water quality results by county, 2021 vs. 2019

*Please note: Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sampling programme, classifications were not made for the 2020 season, so we have included the 2019 results for comparison with our latest bathing water classifications.


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.


Beauty of the Beach

The quality of bathing water can be affected by factors outside of our control, such as rainwater running off roads, streets and farmland, wastewater from privately owned sewage works, boats or animals.

We work with local councils and community groups to raise awareness about what people can do to protect the quality of our bathing waters through our Beauty of the Beach campaign.


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
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