Somerset sites praised for water quality

PUBLISHED: 13:00 07 December 2010

Burnham, Berrow and Brean beaches failed the guidelines last year

Burnham, Berrow and Brean beaches failed the guidelines last year

Archant

THE water quality in three Somerset seaside sites has been praised after all three passed strict EU guidelines.

Water at Burnham, Berrow and Brean all passed the guidelines after being surveyed by Environment Agency staff earlier this year, but Weston failed again.

Environment Agency spokesman Mike Dunning said: “I can confirm that Burnham, Brean and Berrow all passed the EU Guideline bathing water standard in 2010. This is an encouraging improvement on 2009 when these beaches failed Guideline - the higher of the two EU standards (the lower is called Mandatory).

“Guideline is 20 times more stringent than mandatory. Weston failed Guideline. It was one of 11 south west beaches to fail the higher standard. This compares with 26 guideline failures in 2009.”

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