Bathing water quality

date12 August 2019

Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment. During the bathing water season, which runs from 1 June to 15 September, we provide advice on water quality at Scotland’s 86 designated bathing waters.

Intense rain can affect bathing waters due to the contaminants that can be present in run off, flood water and sewer overflows. Water quality can be reduced for up to 48 hours after heavy rain, and most beaches in Scotland have poor predicted water quality just now due to the weather.

SEPA has electronic signs at 31 beaches around Scotland which allow us to inform the public of predicted bathing water quality. We do not have signs at all beaches so, when there is a short term pollution risk such as this, we work with partners to ensure the public is kept informed.

Regular bathing water sampling continues throughout the summer, and SEPA electronic signage is updated on a daily basis to show predicted water quality. We will advise Fife Council of the results of our next samples.

SEPA’s Bathing Water predictions can be seen on our website at https://apps.sepa.org.uk/bathingwaters/Predictions.aspx

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