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Summer water testing has started at English beaches

The Environment Agency has resumed seasonal water quality testing at more than 400 popular swimming spots.

Last year, water quality remained high with 97.9% of bathing waters in England meeting the tough standards. 92.4% of these locations achieved the top rating of Excellent or Good, meaning visitors to the seaside have 388 top-rated coastal and inland bathing waters to choose from.

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In Devon and Cornwall, 144 beaches achieved a Good or Excellent classification. Bathing waters classed as ‘Sufficient’ numbered 4 whilst only 2 were classed as ‘Poor’. This means 98.7% of the region’s 150 bathing waters passed.

The Environment Agency tests water quality at every official bathing water site to ensure it is maintained and improved. Beach-goers can check the water quality at their nearest bathing water spot by visiting the Environment Agency’s Bathing Water Data Explorer website.