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anicol Feb 04, 2020 01:07 PM
Topic : map of the Bath water quality
I have discovered your site, through the Natura2000 project. Thank you for your remarkable work. The Data and maps you give are serious and recent (it is so difficult to obtain recent data at the local or national scale, so I didn't expect to find a so rigourous work at european scale !).
1) the natural sites with poor water quality.
the legend gives several colors : from dark blue for good quality, then blue, green, red, to grey for not evaluated. Is it possible to zoom directly on the sites with bad level of bathing water quality ? For example, the map indicates that in 2019, in France, there is 54 sites for the red color (54 sites with poor quality) : what are these 54 sites ?
2) bathing water : in the see or ocean / in a lake or a river
Is it possible to know what are the pollutants on each specific "bathing sites" ? As the sites with a poor quality (or insufficient quality or forbidden sites) are rare, is it possible to get the information about the reasons of the bad quotation (or interdiction). The countries without any maritim coast (Hungary for example), or with many coasts (Netherland) do not have the same polluting risks.
3) honesty of the countries
The example of Tchernobyl stay in our memory : a country wich detects a big pollution would be attempted to cover up the bad results. Who makes the measurements : an independant european agency with local employees ? a national agency ? After Techrnobyl (the russian site), the information was "there is a big problem in Russia, but the european countries are not concerned by this pollution, because the clouds didn't cross the borders".
Another example : if a country like Italy or Greece is very touristic, the announcement of bad results concerning the bath water would be deplorable and would explain the reasons to truncate some bad results.
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EEA Feb 06, 2020 09:20 AM
Dear Ms. A. Nicol,

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EEA Feb 14, 2020 02:44 PM
Dear Ms. A. Nicol,

Kindly note that the primary source for information on bathing water quality is the EEA's bathing water homepage:[…]/state-of-bathing-water

On the map viewer 'State of bathing water' ([…]/state-of-bathing-waters), after you click on the country of interest, you may click on "Zoom to" (bottom left of the pop-up window) and the status of the individual bathing water sites are then shown. By clicking on a bathing water site, the bathing water quality over the last years (since 2008) is shown and in many cases, it is also possible to access the local bathing water profile.

The bathing water quality results is based on EU Member States reporting in accordance with the EU Bathing Water Directive. These results also show two types of bacteria that indicate pollution from sewage or livestock. Local authorities collect water samples at officially identified bathing sites throughout the bathing season. The samples are then analysed for two types of bacteria that indicate pollution from sewage or livestock. Depending on the levels of bacteria detected, the bathing water quality is classified as 'excellent', 'good', 'sufficient' or 'poor'. In the 2018 bathing season, more than 22 000 bathing waters were monitored throughout Europe.

More information in relation to your second and third question may be found in the 'European Bathing Water Quality in 2018' report ([…]/european-bathing-water-quality-in-2018).

Further details on water quality in Europe can be found here:[…]/water-assessments

We hope this information may be useful to you.

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