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Bathing water quality

Annual report, 2010 bathing season

Every summer millions of Europeans head for the beach to enjoy the sun and to cool down in refreshing clean water. To allow Europeans to make an informed choice on which beach to choose a yearly report is published on the quality of coastal and freshwater bathing areas as reported by Member States for the beaches located within their territory. This year the report is being published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), which is also making available on its website maps and tables with detailed information on specific bathing areas. 

In very broad terms, in 2010 92.1 % of Europe's coastal bathing waters and 90.2 % of inland bathing waters met the minimum water quality standards set by the bathing water directives. The bathing water quality however decreased in 2010 compared to 2009. For coastal bathing waters, compliance with the mandatory values decreased 3.5 percentage points and compliance with the guide values decreased 9.5 percentage points. The share of inland bathing waters complying with the mandatory values increased slightly (0.8 percentage points), while compliance with the guide values fell 10.2 percentage points. The share of non-compliant bathing waters was low at 1.2 % for coastal bathing waters and 2.8 % for inland bathing waters.

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