Environment Agency beach profiles

The way bathing water quality is monitored is changing. New European regulations will bring tougher water quality standards to aim for from 2015 and increase the level of information available to you.

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.


Beach profiles

In March 2011, as part of the new regulations, the Environment Agency launched online profiles for all waters in the UK which are classed as designated bathing waters.

The profiles include:

  • General description of the bathing water
  • Position of wastewater outfalls and combined sewer overflows (CSOs) 
  • Potential sources of pollution
  • Management measures
  • Location of sampling point and how the beach has performed against bathing quality ratings over the last few years.


Water quality signs

From 2012, beach managers will put up signs at all designated bathing waters telling you about current water quality and potential pollution sources.

Temporary information signs will also be put up after an incident has occurred which could affect bathing water quality.

To view the Environment Agency’s weekly bathing water quality results of all 83 designated bathing waters in our area, together with links to their beach profiles you can use our interactive map.

Visit our interactive map

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