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Indicator Assessment Bathing water quality (CSI 022) - Assessment published Oct 2012
The quality of water at designated bathing waters in Europe (coastal and inland) has improved significantly since 1990. Compliance with mandatory values in EU coastal bathing waters increased from just below 80 % in 1990 to 93.1 % in 2011. Compliance with guide values likewise rose from over 68 % to 80.1 % in 2011.  Compliance with mandatory values in EU inland bathing waters increased from over 52 % in 1990 to 89.9 % in 2011. Similarly, the rate of compliance with guide values moved from over 36 % in 1990 to 70.4 % in 2011.
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Bathing water quality - data viewer
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Figure Bathing water quality in the European Union in the 2010 and 2011 bathing seasons
Bathing water quality in the European Union in the 2010 and 2011 bathing seasons under strict and less strict rules
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Press Release C source code header Bathing water quality remains high around the EU
The quality of bathing water across Europe declined slightly between 2009 and 2010, but the overall quality was still high. More than nine out of 10 bathing water sites now meet the minimum requirements.
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Figure Blue Flags in marinas and beaches (2004)
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Highlight Blue-green algae - check the water before you swim
Most beaches, lakes and rivers in Europe were clean and healthy last year. But water quality can be affected by many unforeseen factors, including sewage, agricultural waste and algae. The European Environment Agency (EEA) recommends checking local water quality information before you jump in.
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Press Release Clean water at majority of EU holiday destinations
Good news if you're planning a beach holiday in Europe this summer: 92.1 % of bathing waters in the European Union now meet the minimum water quality standards set by the Bathing Water Directive. This includes the Serpentine Lake in London, which will host several Olympics events, including the Open Water Marathon Swim and the swimming section of the triathlon.
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Figure Coastal bathing water quality in the Western Balkans, 2005
Coastal bathing water quality in the Western Balkans, 2005
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Press Release C source code header EU bathing water quality remains high
Clean bathing waters are vital for key economic sectors such as tourism and for plant and animal life. The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency shows that 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 90 % of bathing sites in rivers and lakes complied with minimum standards in 2009. It also describes where to obtain detailed and up-to-date information on bathing sites.
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