Force is with ireland tourists are pictured walking on a hilltop near the village of ballyferriter on the scenic dingle peninsula in western ireland
EUROPE’S beaches are getting cleaner and the vast majority of them last year met the EU’s minimum requirements for water quality, according to a report released last Wednesday (25).
The European Environment Agency (EEA) said water quality at 96.1 per cent of the 21,000 bathing spots covered by its 2015 bathing water survey was at acceptable levels, It was a rise of 0.9 percentage points from the previous year.
Across all of the sites monitored in the EU, Switzerland and Albania, more than 84 per cent of the sites were rated excellent.
The best swimming areas were in Luxembourg, Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Germany and Austria – all of which had more than 90 per cent of sites rated excellent.
The highest number of sites with poor water quality were found in Italy (95), France (95) and Spain (58), according to the annual survey.
More than three percent of sites failed to meet the minimum quality standards in Britain (4.9 per cent), Ireland (4.4 per cent), the Netherlands (3.4 per cent) and Bulgaria (3.2 per cent), meaning they had the high- est percentage of sites rated “poor”.
Hans Bruyninckx, the EEA’s director said: “Our assessment shows that bathing water quality has improved remarkably over the years.
“More and more bathing waters have not only reached the minimum requirements, but have improved to excellent standards. In some cities, people can even enjoy swimming in public harbour baths.”