Water quality tests are good news
PUBLISHED: 10:03 30 May 2011
SIX beach areas in and around Weston and Burnham have this week seen their bathing water quality judged acceptable by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).
Beaches at Weston, Uphill and Brean were given ‘basic passes’ by the water quality watchdog, while beaches at Sand Bay, Berrow and Burnham were rated as ‘recommended’, which is one grade better.
For Berrow and Burnham, this represents an improvement on last year’s Good Beach Guide rating.
The results are good news for tourism traders – especially with stringent new European rules on water quality set to come into play in 2015.
MCS pollution officer Rachel Wyatt said: “Making sure their local beaches are ready to comply with the revised bathing water directive is a huge opportunity for local authorities and chambers of commerce to attract increasing numbers of tourists to the UK’s coastline.”
Monitoring for the new standards begins next year, and if a beach consistently fails to meet these requirements between then and 2015, bathers could be faced with a sign advising them not to enter the water when they head to the beach.