Bathing water results for 2011

Defra have published details of the 2011 bathing water results – a mixed picture for the North West with 24 beaches meeting the mandatory bathing water requirements compared to 27 in 2010, however 9 of these achieved the exacting requirements of the revised Bathing Water Directive standards (current ‘guideline’ status) compared to only 6 last year. However several key beaches in Lancashire failed (6 failures compared to only 3 in 2010).  See the Defra news page for more details and a link to the full list and the Environment Agency website for more information on monitoring of bathing waters, bathing water profiles and the Bathing Water Directive.

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