The Solent Forum

Working in parnership for the future

Solent Water Quality Awards

The Solent 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.

Water Quality Awards Results

Award applications 2017(for year 2016)

Summer awarded

EU designated beach

2017 Award
(based on Bathing Water Directive classification 2015 )

Previous year’s award

Chichester

       

West Wittering

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

Bracklesham Bay

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

Selsey

Yes

yes

Good

Good

         

Havant

       

West Beachlands (Beachland Central)

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

West Hayling (Beachlands West)

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

West of Eastoke (Eastoke)

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

         

IoW

       

Colwell

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

Cowes

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

Gurnard

Yes

yes

Good

Good

Ryde

Yes

yes

Good

Good

Sandown

Yes

yes

Good

Good

Seagrove

Yes

yes

Good

Good

Shanklin

Yes

yes

Good

Sufficient

St Helens

Yes

yes

Excellent

Good

Ventnor

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

Yaverland

Yes

yes

Good

Good

         

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

         

Gosport

       

Lee on Solent

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

Stokes Bay

Yes

yes

Excellent

Excellent

         

Fareham

       

Hill head

Yes

yes

Good

Excellent