Bathing water quality - update

  13 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.

The intense rainfall, which Scotland has recently seen, 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. For the Fife area, we have informed the local authority that conditions have improved and normal sampling continues.

SEPA’s bathing water predictions can be seen on our website at: