State of bathing water
Quality of bathing water - 2011 bathing season
To allow Europeans to make an informed choice on which beach to choose, an annual report on the quality of coastal and freshwater bathing areas, as reported by EU Member States is prepared. This year the report has been prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in cooperation with the European Commission DG Environment. The report assesses the bathing water quality in all 27 EU Member States in the 2011 bathing water season and thereby gives an indication of the areas where the quality of bathing is expected to be good this year.
EEA report - European bathing water quality in 2011
The EU summary report is based on bathing water data available up to 1 May 2012.
Details on all Member States bathing waters for the 2011 season can be found in the national bathing water reports:
Each report contains details on bathing water monitoring in the specific country and an assessment of the 2011 results and the trend in bathing water quality.
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The country reports are based on bathing water data available 1. May 2012.
- Detailed data are available via EEA WISE bathing water site.
Bathing water quality interactive maps and data
We all want to know the quality of 'our' local bathing area, beach or lake, and whether it conforms to EU standards. Below you will find a data and map viewer that will allow you to view on-line the quality of the bathing water in the more than 21 000 coastal beaches and freshwater bathing waters across Europe. In addition, theapplication makes it possible to follow the water quality during the 2012 season and make your own comments on the quality of the beach.
You can also check the bathing water quality on an interactive map, view the data for a selected country or region and make comparisons with previous years. The data can also be visualised in geospatial mapping programs such as Bing Maps and Google Earth maps.
By using the WISE map viewer you can check the bathing water quality on an interactive map. It also documents how bathing waters have changed throughout Europe in recent years and provides a full summary of Europe’s bathing water quality in 2011.