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Bathing waters

Information about bathing waters for bathers and local councils.

Local council information

Local councils must display information about water quality and pollution sources at designated bathing waters during the bathing season (15 May to 30 September).

Find the text for each sign on the Environment Agency’s signage generator.

Designations and de-designations of bathing waters

Bathing water consultations

People’s views on proposals to designate bathing waters.

  1. Bathing waters: removing Instow from the list of designated bathing waters
  2. Bathing waters: designating 8 beaches in Cornwall
  3. Bathing waters: designation of Manor Steps beach, Bournemouth
  4. Bathing Waters: removing Silloth from the list of designated bathing waters
  5. Bathing waters: designation of West Runton
  6. Bathing waters: removing Rock from the list of designated bathing waters
  7. Bathing waters: removing Newhaven from the list of designated bathing waters
  8. Bathing waters: removing Staithes from the list of designated bathing waters
  9. Bathing waters: removing Lyme Regis Church Cliff Beach from the list of designated bathing waters

Bathing water classifications for England: 2018

Defra summarises monitoring results for England’s bathing waters as required by the Bathing Water Directive.

  1. Bathing water quality statistics
  2. Bathing waters in England: compliance reports

UK bathing water monitoring results: 2011 to 2016

  1. Bathing waters in England: 2016 compliance report
  2. Bathing waters in England: 2015 compliance report
  3. 2014 summary report for UK bathing waters
  4. Bathing waters in England: 2014 compliance report
  5. 2013 summary report for UK bathing waters
  6. Bathing waters in England: 2013 compliance report
  7. 2012 summary report for UK bathing waters
  8. 2011 summary report for UK bathing waters
  9. 2010 summary report for UK bathing waters
Published 7 May 2014
Last updated 2 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include link to new signage generator.
  2. Added the 2017 water quality statistics and compliance report.
  3. Added the consultation on removing Instow from the list of designated bathing waters.
  4. Added the consultations for designating 8 bathing waters in Cornwall and Manor Steps beach in Bournemouth.
  5. Added the 2016 bathing water classifications and 2016 statistics.
  6. Added the consultation on proposals to remove Silloth from the list of designated bathing waters.
  7. Added new guide 'Bathing waters: apply for designation or de-designation' to the group 'Designations and de-designations of bathing waters'. Removed most text from the group introductions because they're either communication messages or information that should be in publications. Moved documents so they make more sense in groups, eg created 'bathing waters consultations' group.
  8. Updated the designation/de-designation section of the guide as Newhaven, Staithes and Lyme Regis Church Cliff beach will be removed from the list of designated bathing waters.
  9. Added consultations for designating West Runton, and de-designating Rock.
  10. Updated to include the 2015 classification results for bathing waters.
  11. Updated to include 2015 information and 3 consultations on removing bathing waters from list of designated sites: Newhaven, Lyme Regis Church Cliff Beach and Staithes
  12. Removed the 2014 designations/de-designations and added the 2014 summary report for bathing waters.
  13. Added consultation on designation of Rayrigg Meadow, Windermere.
  14. Added 2014 compliance report and 2014 projected classifications.
  15. Added information about certain beaches being surveyed to determine the number of bathers.
  16. First published.