Over the last 20 years we’ve made huge progress in making our beaches and bathing waters cleaner.
In 1988 only 18% of our bathing waters met minimum standards, in 2016 this was 100%.
Below is information on how we got there and how we’ll keep it that way…


The Environment Agency monitors water quality in England and Wales and a whopping £3million is spent every year on sampling and analysing bathing waters. Every week during the bathing season samples are taken at our 32 bathing waters. These are then tested and the results are posted on the Environment Agency’s website. We have started to use scientific techniques to improve our knowledge of pollution sources, and we are using DNA testing to help us understand what sort of pollution is causing problems.

Environment Agency