Official Statistics

Bathing water quality statistics

Annual update on bathing water quality at designated bathing waters in England.

Documents

Statistics on bathing waters in England for 2018

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Statistics on bathing waters in England for 2017 (revised May 2018)

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Statistics on bathing waters in England for 2016

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Statistics on UK bathing waters for 2015

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Details

The list of bathing water classifications has been amended to correct the classification for Crackington Haven from “Good” to “Excellent”.

Headline results

  • In 2018, out of the 420 bathing waters measured in England, 411 (97.9 per cent) met at least the minimum standard of the Bathing Water Directive.
  • In 2018, 281 bathing waters in England (66.9 per cent) met the excellent standard of the Bathing Water Directive.
  • In 2018, 9 bathing waters in England (2.1 per cent) did not meet the minimum standard, and were classified as poor.

Summary table for England (2018):

Classification % Numbers
Excellent 66.9% 281
Good 25.5% 107
Sufficient 5.5% 23
Poor 2.1% 9

The datasets associated with this publication can be found here ENV17 - Bathing water quality: additional datasets

See these sites for information on other UK countries’ bathing water quality:

Defra statistics: environment

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Published 26 November 2012
Last updated 15 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. 2018 figures released
  2. Change to the classification of a bathing water.site
  3. Annual update.
  4. Annual update to publication.
  5. Added summary for English beaches and links to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland information.
  6. New figures for UK published 5 November
  7. Bathing water statistics for 2014 published.
  8. 2013 figures
  9. First published.