Beaches: Portugal scores high in EU bathing water survey


Portugal came sixth among the ten countries listed as having excellent quality values, with 87% of the country’s bathing waters meeting environmental standards.

Beaches Living in Portugal Thermal Tourism Tours — 22 May 2013 by Marina Watson Peláez
Beaches: Portugal scores high in EU bathing water survey

Portugal is among eight European counties which stand out for achieving “excellent water quality, according to a report released on Tuesday by the European Environment Agency.

Portugal came sixth among the ten countries listed as having excellent quality values, with 87% of the country’s bathing waters meeting environmental standards.

It’s encouraging to see the quality of European bathing waters continuing to improve. But more remains to be done to ensure all our waters are suitable for bathing and drinking and that our aquatic ecosystems are in good health. Water is a precious resource and we need to put into practice all the necessary measures to protect it in full,” said Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik in the report.

To check the bathing water quality of the beachers, laboratories analysed the levels of certain bacteria to determine the presence of pollution, which the report says is mainly from sewage or livestock waste.

Cyprus and Luxembourg stand out in the study, as achieving excellent water quality, while countries with the worst bathing conditions include Belgium (12%), the Netherlands (7%) and the United Kingdom (6%).

To find about the water quality at your favourite swimming spots this summer, visit the EEA’s Bathing Water website.

 

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