Excellent water quality at majority of European bathing sites in 2017

05 June 2018

Article: 52/2206

The latest annual European bathing water quality report, published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and European Commission (EC), shows that despite a slight drop in results, 85% of swimming sites across Europe monitored in 2017 met the EU’s highest and most stringent ‘excellent’ quality standards for waters mostly-free from pollutants.

Nearly all 21,801 swimming sites monitored last year, of which 21,509 were in the 28 EU member states (95.9%), met the minimum quality requirements under EU rules.

Overall there was small drop in the number of ‘excellent’ swimming areas from 85.5% in 2016 to 85% in 2017, similarly those meeting ‘sufficient’ standard fell from 96.3% to 96%. 

The number of overall ‘poor’ sites remained largely unchanged from 2016 across the EU, Albania and Switzerland, dropping from 1.5% in 2016 to 1.4% in 2017.

The results give a good indication where holiday makers can find the best quality bathing waters this summer.

The agency has released an updated interactive map showing the performance of each bathing site, as well as updated country reports which contain more information on the directive.

Source: EEA, 30 May 2018