Policy paper

Bathing waters 2013: projected classifications in England

This publication was withdrawn on 6 November 2014

This document has been replaced by the projected classifications published in November 2014.

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Projected revised Bathing Water Directive classifications using 2010-2013 monitoring data for bathing waters in England.


Bathing water in the UK is protected by EU Directive 76/160/EEC,which will be replaced by Directive 2006/7/EC in 2015. We are currently in a transitional stage between the two Directives. The new Directive sets tighter standards for bathing water quality.

Each year the Environment Agency assesses what the classifications would have been, if the new standards were already in force, using data from the previous four years. These results do not take into account the actions being taken between now and 2015 to improve water quality.