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How safe is your beach? KENT

Folkestone improved from a 'Guideline' to a 'Recommended' rating 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 Kent, eight beaches improved, two dropped in rating, and 20 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

Kent's beach ratings:

**

**Littlestone 2013 rating: Mandatory 2012 rating: Mandatory

St Mary's Bay (Kent)

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Mandatory

Dymchurch

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Recommended

Hythe

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Sandgate

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Folkestone2013 rating: Recommended 2012 rating: Guideline

Dover Harbour

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

St Margaret`s Bay

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Deal Castle

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Mandatory

Sandwich Bay

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Ramsgate Western Undercliffe

2013 rating: Mandatory

2012 rating: Recommended

Ramsgate Sands

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Broadstairs, Viking Bay

2013 rating: Mandatory

2012 rating: Mandatory

Broadstairs, Stone Bay

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Joss Bay, Broadstairs

2013 rating: Mandatory

2012 rating: Guideline

Botany Bay, Broadstairs

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Walpole Bay, Margate

2013 rating: Mandatory

2012 rating: Fail

Margate, Fulsam Rock

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Margate, The Bay

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Westbrook Bay, Margate

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

St Mildred's Bay, Westgate

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

West Bay, Westgate

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Minnis Bay, Birchington

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Herne Bay

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Mandatory

Herne Bay Central

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Tankerton

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

West Beach, Whitstable

2013 rating: Recommended2012 rating: Recommended

Leysdown

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Mandatory

Minster Leas

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Mandatory

Sheerness

2013 rating: Recommended

2012 rating: Mandatory

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