Coastline bathed in success

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The region’s coastline is bathing in success as this year’s sea quality results have been announced.

A total of 31 of the region’s 34 bathing waters have met the highest European water quality standard, known as Guideline.

These results, along with those in 2011, are the best bathing water results the north east has achieved and they reflect £1bn of investment by Northumbrian Water over the last two decades, to improve bathing water quality and to help ensure the region’s coastline is one of the best in the country.

Twenty sea water samples are taken by the Environment Agency at each bathing water location, between May 1 and September 30, to determine levels of bacteria in sea water and which water quality standard has been achieved.

Northumbrian Water’s operations director Graham Neave said: “We are delighted with these bathing water results which are in stark contrast to those in 2000, when only four bathing waters in the north east achieved the Guideline standard.”

North east bathing waters which have achieved the Guideline standard include Newbiggin North, Newbiggin South, Blyth South Beach, Whitley Bay, Cullercoats, Long Sands North, Long Sands South, and King Edwards Bay.

From 2015, even tighter bathing water standards are to be introduced.