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Bathing water quality compliance reports

Monitoring reports showing if designated bathing waters in England meet regulatory standards and how they've been classified.

Documents

Bathing water classifications 2017

Bathing water classifications 2016

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Bathing water classifications 2015

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Details

The Environment Agency closely monitors beaches and inland waters that are designated bathing waters to check that standards are being maintained.

They must publish the official statistics and classifications awarded.

Bathing waters can be classified as ‘excellent’, ‘good’, ‘sufficient’ or ‘poor’.

Published 14 November 2017
Last updated 13 November 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added the 2019 compliance report.

  2. 2018 compliance report updated to correct the classification for Southend Three Shells from “Good” to “Excellent".

  3. Added the 2018 compliance report.

  4. 2017 compliance report updated to correct the classification for Crackington Haven from “Good” to “Excellent".

  5. First published.