Bathing Beaches Fail The Test

New figures show that 16 beaches in the South West failed to reach the required standard for bathing water in the latest report on quality standards published by Defra today.

Full report: Beaches fail water quality test

More beaches in our region than last year have failed water quality tests after the UK suffered the wettest summer for a century.

Across the South West, 177 beaches passed the minimum European standard with 16 fails.117 beaches passed the tougher 'guideline' tests with 76 failing. Our reporter Kathy Wardle has been to one beach in Cornwall which failed both tests.

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South West Water blame wet summer for bathing water problems

South West Water have given their reaction to the results of a Defra survey which shows that 16 bathing water beaches in the region have failed to meet the required quality.

Richard Gilpin, the Head of Waste Water for South West Water, told The West Country Tonight that there can be many contributing factors to water quality on individual beaches which failed the test:

South West bathing beaches fail the water test

Summerleaze beach in Bude failed two water quality tests this year having passed last year. Credit: ITV Westcountry

New figures show that 16 beaches in the South West failed to reach the required standard for bathing water in the latest report on quality standards published by Defra today.

Lyme Regis' Church Cliff Beach, Budleigh Salterton and Summerleaze in Bude were amongst the beaches which failed to reach the required standard.

Nationally the figures show that 93 per cent of England’s bathing waters met the minimum European water quality criteria.