What about water quality?

Despite recent raises in standards, the UK still has a lot of work to do to improve bathing water quality. So, when should you worry? And what can you do to help?


About bathing water quality

In 2013, the EU set new standards for bathing water quality. Here in the UK, the Environment Agency tests our seas between May and September and rates beaches according to the results.

Each sample tells us the quality of the water at that specific time, but water can change even over the course of one day. Water tests look for bacteria that show whether there is faecal matter (animal or human) in the water. The bacteria are