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Bathing water standards

Beaches achieving EU standards

Beaches achieving EU standards - Under the revised bathing water directive (rBWD) beaches are classified as poor, sufficient, good or excellent; classifications are based on the quality of the water over the previous four bathing seasons. If a beach fails to achieve sufficient it is deemed to have not met EU standards. 

We are targeting all designated bathing waters in the region to meet EU standards. 

As there are many factors that affect the bathing water outside of the company's control, such as the impact of agriculture, there is no financial ODI associated to this measure.

We currently have 48 designated bathing waters within our operational region. Compliance is monitored by the Environment Agency, in accordance with the Directive, and audited annually by Defra. 

In 2018-19, 96% of bathing waters within our region passed the EU 'sufficient' standard or higher under the revised Bathing Water Directive. Burnham Jetty North and Weston-super-mare (WSM) Main were the only two bathing waters within the Wessex Water area to fail the required standards in the year. We expect WSM Main to meet the required standards in 2019-20. However, despite the delivery of our investment programme at Burnham Jetty North, other drivers of poor bathing water remain and it is anticipated that this performance commitment will not be achieved.