Europe declares Cyprus bathing sites excellent

24 May 2017

Europe declares Cyprus bathing sites excellent

The European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA) has declared 99% of Cyprus’ bathing water sites as being of ‘excellent’ quality.

The figures were included in a Tuesday report which confirmed a 40-year trend of increasingly cleaner water at beaches and swimming spots across Europe.

Cyprus was amongst 11 countries declared to have at least ‘sufficient’ quality of bathing water in 2016 and one of just five where 95% or more bathing waters were assessed as being of ‘excellent’ quality.

This figure stood at 99% for Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta. Greece’s percentage stood at 97% and Austria’s at 95%.

According to the same report, the highest number of bathing sites with ‘poor’ water quality were found in Italy (100 bathing water sites or 1.8%), France (82 sites or 2.4%) and Spain (39 sites or 1.8%).

The assessment compiled analyses of water sampled at more than 21,000 coastal and inland bathing sites and gives a good indication where the best sites with the highest water quality are likely to be found this summer.

Bathing water is sampled and monitored for contamination by faecal pollution from sewage or livestock, the report noted.

“As in recent years, the vast majority of Europe’s swimming spots can boast good quality water.

In 2016, 96.3% of sites met the minimum ‘sufficient’ quality requirements set out in the EU’s Bathing Water Directive.

This is up slightly from 96.1% in 2015. More than 85% (85.5) of bathing water sites met the directive’s most stringent ‘excellent’ water quality standards, up from 84.4% in 2015,” it said.


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