Guidance

Water quality information at swimming beaches and lakes

The Bathing Water Directive: local councils’ duty to display information on water quality.

Documents

Excellent bathing water quality symbol

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Good bathing water quality symbol

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Sufficient water bathing water quality symbol

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Poor bathing water quality symbol

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Advice against bathing symbol

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Water quality symbols in PNG format

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This guidance explains what information on water quality and pollution local councils must display at bathing waters.

Published 27 February 2014
Last updated 2 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Update to html attachment: water quality information at swimming beaches and lakes. Update to show latest rules for local councils and include links to new signage generator.
  2. Added a zip file containing the images in PNG format.
  3. Edited so it's clear that this guide is about what local councils must do and removed information that's not related to local councils' duties.
  4. An update showing Information that will be appearing on signs at some bathing waters this year published within 'Pollution advice' section
  5. First published.