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SOLENT BATHING WATER QUALITY AWARDS SCHEME DETAILS AND RESULTS

Bathing Water Schemes Details

All beaches regularly used for bathing (private or Local Authority managed), non-designated as well as designated, can apply for an award under the scheme. Please contact the Solent Forum if you 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. The classification of the award is based on a minimum of 16 samples from the previous summer and assessed under the Bathing Water Regulations. Where the beach is a designated bathing water beach, the Environment Agency (EA) makes the assessment. If the beach not designated, assessments need to be sent in and verified by the EA. The samples are assessed for faecal contaminants, Intestinal Enterococci and Escherichia coli, and the overall classification of the beach at the end of the season is made to one of the following standards:

SWQA QR code
SWQA QR code
SWQA QR code
SWQA QR code

It is a condition of the award that a Bathing Water Profile is provided for each beach and that information about the award, as well as the potential for short term pollution events, is displayed at each beach. The profiles provide lots of information about the beach and include daily pollution risk forecasts based on the effects of rain, tide and wind on bathing water quality. These factors affect the levels of bacteria that get washed into the sea from livestock, sewage and urban drainage via rivers and streams and how they disperse. When these factors combine to make short term pollution likely they issue a pollution risk warning on the top of the Bathing Water Profile webpage for each beach. Further government guidance on signage is available at: Bathing water information and signage rules for local councils.

Bathing Water Quality Awards Results

Summer Award applications 2022 (for year 2021)

EU designated beach

Bathing Water Profile

2022 Award (based on Bathing water directive classification 2015

Previous year’s award for reference

Chichester        
West Wittering yes

West Wittering

Excellent Excellent
Bracklesham Bay yes Bracklesham Bay Excellent Excellent
Selsey East Beach  

Selsey

Excellent Excellent
         
Isle of Wight        
Colwell yes

Colwell

Excellent Excellent
Cowes

yes

Cowes Excellent

Good

Gurnard yes

Gurnard

Good

Excellent

Ryde

yes

Ryde

Excellent

Good

Sandown

yes

Sandown

Excellent

Excellent

Seagrove

yes

Seagrove

Excellent

Excellent

Shanklin

yes

Shanklin

Excellent

Excellent

St Helens

yes

St Helens

Excellent

Excellent

Ventnor

yes

Ventnor

Excellent

Excellent

Yaverland

yes

Yaverland

Excellent

Excellent

East Cowes

no

N/A

Excellent

Excellent

         
Hampshire CC        

Calshot

yes

Calshot

Excellent

Excellent

Christchurch Bay/Barton

yes

Christchurch Bay

Excellent

Excellent

Milford on Sea

yes

Milford on Sea

Excellent

Excellent

Lepe

yes

Lepe

Excellent

Excellent

         

Portsmouth

       

Eastney Beach

yes

Eastney Beach

Excellent

Excellent

Southsea East

yes

Southsea East

Good

Excellent

         

Gosport

       

Lee-on-the-Solent

yes

Lee-on-the-Solent

Excellent

Excellent

Stokes Bay

yes

Stokes Bay

Excellent

Excellent

         
Fareham        
Hill Head yes

Hill Head

Good Good

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