bathing water guideline News

  • Yorkshire bathing waters continue to improve

    Bathing water quality in Yorkshire has improved dramatically since last year, according to the latest test results released by the Environment Agency. Beaches continue to follow a trend of general improvement, with all 20 of Yorkshire’s bathing waters meeting the mandatory water quality standard in 2013. In addition, 16 of these met the higher ‘guideline’ standard for water ...

  • Europe’s bathing waters continue to improve

    Ninety-four per cent of bathing sites in the European Union meet minimum standards for water quality, according to the European Environment Agency's annual report on bathing water quality in Europe. Water quality is excellent at 78 % of sites and almost 2 % more sites meet the minimum requirements compared to last year's report. Cyprus and Luxembourg stand out with all listed bathing ...

  • North East bathing waters continue to improve

    Bathing water quality in the North East has improved dramatically since last year, according to the latest test results released by the Environment Agency. Beaches continue to follow a trend of general improvement, with all 34 of the North East’s bathing waters meeting the mandatory water quality standard. In addition, 30 of these met the higher ‘guideline’ standard for water ...

  • All bathing waters pass the test in the South East

    The Environment Agency has welcomed the news that all 96 beaches in the South East met minimum bathing water quality standards this year, but warned there is much more work to be done. New figures that show which of England’s bathing waters have met strict quality standards have been published by Defra today. The figures show that 100 per cent of South East England’s bathing waters ...

  • Bathing water quality event set for Plymouth

    The quality of the bathing water at Plymouth will be discussed at a community engagement event which will be part of the Blue Mile weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The Environment Agency will be at the event in the Barbican on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September with other partner organisations including Plymouth City Council, South West Water, Marine Biology Association, Marine Conservation ...

  • Record year for bathing water results in the South West

    Results revealed today show it has been a bumper year for bathing water quality in the South West with 191 out of 192 passing the European bathing water quality standards. Only Instow Beach in Devon fell short of the minimum standard. Figures released by Defra at the Cleaner Seas Forum in London also showed that a record 91% of the South West bathing waters met stricter guideline standards in ...

  • Wet summer weather hits bathing water quality in South West England

    The exceptionally wet weather last summer resulted in some of our bathing waters in the South West failing water quality standards. After one of the wettest summers on record 10 (5.2%) beaches in the region failed the mandatory (basic) water quality standard.  The heavy summer rainfall increased storm overflows from sewers, diffuse pollution and run off from farmland and urban areas. This ...

  • UK Environment Agency calls for action to improve bathing water quality

    The Environment Agency has called on the farming community, local authorities and the water industry to help to do more to tackle the pollution of bathing waters around the coast of England and Wales. It plans to meet relevant organisations to address the issue of water pollution caused by livestock manure and slurry, and sewage, particularly during bad weather. Defra and the Welsh Assembly ...

  • Bathing water quality events set for Teignmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Burnham-on-Sea

    The quality of the bathing water at three South West beaches – Teignmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Burnham-on-Sea will be discussed at public events in July. With only two years to go until bathing waters need to meet much tougher standards under the new European Bathing Water Directive, the Environment Agency is organising a series of community events to highlight how everyone has a part to ...

  • New guidelines to help implement ecosystem-based adaptation on islands

    Climate change is a particular threat to island nations and effective adaptation is vital. A new analysis examines current adaptation measures in tropical Oceania and identifies guidelines for implementing resilient, ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). Among its recommendations, local communities should be fully involved in planning adaptation measures. EbA, the protection and ...

  • Clean water at majority of EU holiday destinations

    Good news if you're planning a beach holiday in Europe this summer: 92.1 % of bathing waters in the European Union now meet the minimum water quality standards set by the Bathing Water Directive. This includes the Serpentine Lake in London, which will host several Olympics events, including the Open Water Marathon Swim and the swimming section of the triathlon. The results are from the latest ...

  • Water quality standards met by 96 per cent of England`s swimming spots

    Ninety-six per cent of England's bathing waters met the minimum water quality standards set by the European Bathing Water Directive this year and 65.7 per cent met the highest guideline standards according to tests carried out by the Environment Agency. Other results this year show: * Of the 414 bathing waters in England, 398 met the mandatory standards; * Only 16 failed the standards, meaning ...


  • Record drop in water quality at Britain`s top beaches

    The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) have announced a 10% drop in the number of bathing beaches recommended for excellent water quality in its annual Good Beach Guide, compared to last year. In total, 443 (57%) UK beaches are ‘MCS Recommended' this year out of 778 tested, compared to 495 last year. This is the biggest year-on-year fall in the Good Beach Guide's 21 year history.  The latest ...

  • Arsenic: when will the clean water start flowing?

    Razia Begum has been asking the same question for two years now: 'Please will someone fix my arsenic filter?' She lives in Nagda, a village in one of the areas of Bangladesh most severely contaminated by arsenic in drinking water — although at first glance there is nothing about the village's lush paddy fields to suggest anything dangerous. Razia's family, like many thousands of others in such ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Oil and water don’t mix – but can they co-exist?

    Real progress is being made to reduce the environmental impact of oil sands activities. But that message is being lost in the flood of bad press about contamination of adjacent waterways and concerns about those ugly tailings ponds. Oil and water don't mix. But can they co-exist? August has not been a good month for the Alberta oil sands industry. The tidal wave of bad news that flooded the media ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Power Restored to Middlesex Water Company's Intake, Cautious Optimism Regarding Sustained Power Reliability; Water Pressures Slowly Rising, Boil Water Advisory Remains in Effect

    Primary power was restored to Middlesex Water Company's intake in New Brunswick, NJ at approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning. Water pressures can be expected to slowly increase over the next 8 hours assuming electric power can be sustained. Tap water may initially appear cloudy, this is harmless and is simply the result of excess air in the water mains resulting from the initial loss of water ...


    By Marketwire

  • Rio 2016: No viral testing of sewage-filled Olympic waters

    Rio de Janeiro's Olympic organizing committee ruled out conducting viral tests of the human sewage-laden waterways where the 2016 Games' aquatic events will be held, following recommendations from the World Health Organization, a Rio 2016 spokesman said Friday. Speaking at a news conference, Mario Andrada said he considered the WHO's recommendation to be the "final instructions for Rio 2016" - ...


    By Associated Press

  • ASTM F963 - 11 standard consumer safety specification for toy safety

    1. Scope 1.1 This specification relates to possible hazards that may not be recognized readily by the public and that may be encountered in the normal use for which a toy is intended or after reasonably foreseeable abuse. It does ...


    By ASTM International

  • Federal Issues - TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/EPCRA

    Limited Space Still Available For Sustainable Futures Training Workshop: There are still spaces available for the Sustainable Futures Training workshop scheduled for August 5-7, 2014, at the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C. Attendees at the three-day workshop will get firsthand experience with the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • The 2012 LIFE+ projects

    Austria 4 projects (14.5 million) LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance (1 project – 3.6 million) LIFE-URBANLAKE (Stadt Wien – Magistratsabteilung 45 – Wiener Gewässer): This project intends to define strategies to reduce the vulnerability of the “Alte Donau” from effects of climate ...

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