The Solent Forum

Working in parnership for the future

Solent Bathing Water Quality Awards

The Solent Bathing Water Quality Award Scheme was launched in 1992 to provide a simple and readily understood indicator of satisfactory water quality at bathing beaches and, where feasible, in recreational waters around the Solent.

The scheme supplements the various beach and resort award schemes, including the Blue Flag, which are administered by ENCAMS, and which all deal with many other criteria in addition to water quality.  The scheme is administered by the Solent Forum on behalf of the Solent Water Quality Association.  All beaches regularly used for bathing (private or Local Authority managed),  non-designated as well as designated, are eligible for an award under the scheme.  Water regularly used for recreational activities involving immersion such as water skiing, boardsailing etc. may also be included where the applying organisation can show that the sampling results presented are representative of the whole area for which the application is made. Please contact the Solent Forum if your manage a beach or water body and would like to apply for an award, and we will include you in the next request for applications.

Due to COVID-19 insufficient samples were taken in 2020, therefore the awards are based on 2019 classifications due to limited data in 2020.

Bathing Water Quality Awards Results

Award applications 2021 (for year 2020)

Summer awarded

EU designated beach

2021 Award
(based on Bathing Water Directive classification 2015 )

Previous year’s award

Chichester

       

Bracklesham Bay

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Selsey East Beach

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

 West Wittering Yes   Yes  Excellent  Excellent
         

IoW

       

Colwell

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Cowes

Yes

Yes

Good

Good

East Cowes Yes No Excellent n/a

Gurnard

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Ryde

Yes

Yes

Good

Good

Sandown

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Seagrove

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Shanklin

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

St Helens

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Ventnor

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Yaverland

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

         

NFDC

       

Calshot

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Christchurch Bay/Barton

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Milford on Sea

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

         

HCC

       

Lepe (HCC)

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

         

Portsmouth

       

Eastney Beach

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Southsea East  Yes  Yes Excellent Excellent
         

Gosport

       

Lee on Solent

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

Stokes Bay

Yes

Yes

Excellent

Excellent

         

Fareham

       

Hill head

Yes

Yes

Good

Good