Bathing water quality

Our region includes 700 miles of coastline which plays an important part in the local economy.

We are committed to protecting these coastal waters to ensure they are of the highest quality and have invested millions of pounds in doing so.


Our application to repair outfall pipes

We've applied to the Marine Management Organisation under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, Part 4, for a marine licence to undertake maintenance and repair of our outfall pipes.

Copies of the application can be viewed online at using the reference MLA/2019/00027. When viewing the application you can leave feedback by clicking ‘make a comment’.

As a result, bathing waters in our region have never been cleaner and for many years have all met strict European quality standards.

Before privatisation of water companies in 1989, only 41 per cent reached the required standards. While water companies alone are not responsible for the quality of bathing water, they play a key role in protecting it.

 Download our leaflet to find out more


Our interactive map shows the South Coast with icons indicating all of the sampled beaches – including those which have been awarded a Blue Flag.

Blue flags are awarded to beaches that have not only clean sea water but also good access and facilities and are free of litter. The Keep Britain Tidy website has more information.

 Visit our interactive map

Click on the icon marking the beach you're interested in and see the facilities and Environment Agency profiles for each beach.

You'll also be able to see the latest bathing water quality test results. The bathing water results are updated weekly by the Environment Agency.

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