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Bathing water in the UK is Poor Quality

By: Gillian Hogarth | 0 Comment

Bathing water in the UK is Poor Quality

The UK has one of the highest rates of poor quality bathing waters in Europe, according to a recent report from the EU.

The European Environment Agency and the European Commission said that of the bathing waters in Britain, 20 of them were poor.

Every season water quality is tested to assessed to indicate the presence of pollution from either sewerage or animal or bird waste.

Faecal contamination of water continues to pose a risk to human health, especially if it is found at bathing water sites. Swimming at contaminated beaches or lakes can result in illness. The major sources of pollution are sewage and water draining from farms and farmland. Such pollution increases during heavy rains and floods due to sewage overflow and polluted drainage water being washed into rivers and seas

As in recent years, the vast majority of Europe’s swimming spots can boast good quality water. In 2016, 96.3% of sites met the minimum ‘sufficient’ quality requirements set out in the EU’s Bathing Water Directive. This is up slightly from 96.1% in 2015. More than 85% (85.5) of bathing water sites met the directive’s most stringent ‘excellent’ water quality standards, up from 84.4% in 2015.

Scarborough North was one of the coastal sites classed as poor along with Malpole Bay Margate while the North East enjoyed Excellent Water Quality in South Shields, Blyth, Seaburn, Roker and Seaham where Drilcorp are based.

So if you fancy a day by the sea then the North East is one of the best resorts to visit. Visit us at www.Drilcorp.com