25th May 2012

Summer’s here – time to head to the coast

Viv Alexander

Well it looks like summer has finally arrived, let’s hope this great weather continues!

While we’re waiting for news from the judging panel of whose been shortlisted for the Wales Coast Path Challenge GeoVation Camp, you might be tempted to head off to the coast for a dip in the sea this weekend? If so, then check out this guest post below from Edward Herath,  currently working with us in the GeoVation team, about a great website that assesses the bathing water quality.

An interesting website that I’ve come across is the Enviroment Agency’s Bathing Water profiles. With the use of Ordnance Survey mapping technology, the Environment Agency monitors and assesses the quality of bathing waters in England and Wales and what the water is like at your favourite beach.

Let’s take, for example, the waters right here on the South Coast. According to the rating scale provided by the Environment Agency, the waters here are of a high quality.

 Bathing Water Environment Agency

The quality of the water is assessed by the Environment Agency during the bathing water season (15 May to 30 September). At each bathing water site, they take samples, analyse the data and then post them onto the website. Of the 502 beaches surveyed, 492 were deemed bath worthy. That’s well over 98% of beaches and inland waters in England and Wales that have passed bathing water standards for 2011. Compared to the previous 75% twenty years ago, this marks a huge improvement.

For more information check out the links:

https://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/119111.aspx

https://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/water/water-quality/bathing/facts