Lincolnshire’s beaches pass tough water quality tests

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Water quality on bathing beaches in Lincolnshire has once again met or exceeded strict bacteriological water quality standards.

Environment Agency experts have found all nine bathing beaches in Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have passed bacteriological water quality standards set by Europe.

This means Cleethorpes, Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea have high enough water quality to remain eligible for the prestigious Blue Flag award. Huttoft, Anderby, Chapel St Leonards, Ingoldmells and Humberston also recorded excellent water quality.

Adrian Lack, Sampling and Collection Team Leader at the Environment Agency, said: “We are delighted all our bathing waters continue to meet the highest criteria for water quality. It is good news for those living on or holidaying on our coast as well as for onshore wildlife and marine life. Following this year’s sampling it is with great satisfaction that all our beaches are classified as Excellent under the more stringent requirements of the new directive.”

Each year, between 1 May and 30 September, the Environment Agency takes 20 samples from every EU-designated bathing water site. Tests are carried out for E Coli and intestinal Enterococci, bacteria usually associated with upset stomachs. These can come from waste water or from poorly treated sewage or animal faeces.

The Environment Agency also records other information about the beach to ensure it continues to meet the required standards. This includes the presence of sewage-derived litter and foaming, along with information about how the beach is used.

The international Blue Flag award scheme is open only to beaches which meet the strictest water quality standards. It is a guarantee to tourists that a beach is one of the best in the world.

To gain a Blue Flag, however, beaches must meet a set of other criteria in addition to water quality. It is up to the managers of the beach to decide whether or not to meet the additional requirements. Blue Flags are awarded by the independent Tidy Britain Group.

For further information about bathing water sampling, go to www.environment-agency.gov.uk