Concierge News – British bathing spots among the cleanest in Europe
More than 80 per cent of Britain’s bathing spots have “excellent” water quality, according to the latest research by the European Union.
Out of 617 coastal and inland sites tested as part of the EU’s annual Bathing Water Report, 511 (82.8 per cent) were given the top rating, a slight improvement on last year.
One of those sites receiving the highest marks was London’s Serpentine Lake, which will host the marathon swimming event and the swimming segment of the triathlon at this summer’s Olympic Games.
Only 16 sites tested around the country (2.6 per cent) failed to meet minimum standards. Altogether, Britain’s bathing spots fared better than those in the rest of Europe, where just over three-quarters of sites achieved the top rating.
Holidaymakers heading to Cyprus, Croatia, Malta and Greece can expect the best conditions. More than 90 per cent of locations met the European Environment Agency’s most stringent criteria.
The more traditional beach destinations of Spain, Italy and Portugal fared slightly worse, with around 80 per cent of sites labeled “excellent”.
Among the worst performing countries were France – where 12 per cent of sites failed to meet acceptable standards – the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Latvia, Luxembourg and Belgium.
“The quality of water at beaches and other bathing spots is one of the most important environmental concerns of European citizens,” said Professor Jacqueline McGlade, executive director of the European Environment Agency. “But in several countries there is still a problem with pollution from agriculture and sewage, so we need to see more efforts to ensure safe and clean water for the public.”
The report can be found in full athttp://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/water/interactive/bathing
Source – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel