State of bathing water
Quality of bathing water - 2013 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 28 EU Member States, as well as Albania and Switzerland in the 2013 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 2013
The printed EU summary report is based on the bathing water data available up to 1 May 2014. The digital versions of the report have minor revisions of percentage values (first decimal value) – due to acceptance of very late (mid May) data delivery from a few countries.
Details on all Member States bathing waters for the 2013 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 2013 results and the trend in bathing water quality.
The EU summary report is based on bathing water data available up to mid May 2014.
- 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 22 000 coastal beaches and freshwater bathing waters across Europe.
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.
Use WISE Bathing Water Quality data viewer for a quick check on locations and statistics on the quality of coastal and freshwater bathing waters. You can search by country, region, province and bathing water and see bathing waters in Bing Maps, Google Maps or Google Earth (needs to be installed on your computer). You can also explore how bathing waters have changed in recent years.
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 2013.
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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