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How safe is your beach? HAMPSHIRE

Cowes was one that improved - from a 'mandatory' rating to 'recommended' Photo: PA

The Marine Conservation Society says water quality at our beaches has dropped. In the annual Good Beach Guide, which looks at bathing water quality, fewer beaches passed - and others dropped a classification.

In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, four beaches improved, five dropped in rating, and 18 stayed the same.

Key:

Recommended

Achieved MCS Recommended standards – our standard for excellent water quality

-Guideline bathing water standards were met, but 100% of samples did not exceed 2,000 E.coli per 100 ml

-Local continuous sewage discharges are appropriately treated to remove the majority of bacteria and viruses using, as a minimum, secondary treatment3

Guideline

Achieved Guideline bathing water standards – our standard for higher water quality

-Mandatory bathing water standards were met

-80% of samples did not exceed 100 E.coli per 100 ml

-90% of samples did not exceed 100 intestinal enterococci per 100 ml4

Mandatory

Achieved Mandatory bathing water standards – our standard for minimum water quality

-95% of samples did not exceed 2,000 E.coli per 100 ml5

Fail

Failed Mandatory bathing water standards – did not meet our minimum water quality standard

Hampshire and Isle of Wight beaches:

**

**

Totland Bay, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Colwell Bay, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Gurnard, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Guideline

2012 rating: Recommended

Cowes, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Mandatory

Ryde, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Mandatory

2012 rating: Mandatory

Seagrove, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

St Helens, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Guideline

2012 rating: Recommended

Bembridge, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Guideline

2012 rating: Mandatory

Whitecliffe Bay, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Guideline

Yaverland, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Sandown, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Shanklin, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Mandatory

2012 rating: Recommended

Ventnor, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Milford-on-sea, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Lepe, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Calshot, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Hillhead, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Mandatory

Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Stokes Bay, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Southsea (300m West of EC Site) Hampshire

2013 rating: Mandatory

2012 rating: Recommended

Old Portsmouth Beach (Victoria Pier) Hampshire

2013 rating: Mandatory

2012 rating: Recommended

Southsea, Hampshire

2013 rating: Mandatory

2012 rating: Mandatory

Eastney, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Beachlands West, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Beachlands Central, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Eastoke, Hampshire

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

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