On 9 August 2018, the Scottish Government published a research report on the value of bathing waters and the influence of bathing water quality. The overall aim of the research was to provide a detailed and quantifiable socio-economic understanding of the value of Scottish bathing waters and the influence of bathing water quality (BWQ) to bathers, beach users and to the national and local economies.
The research addresses several key areas:
- the benefits of bathing waters and the value of bathing water quality at a local and national scale
- the impact of the bathing water quality classification signs / symbols
- understand and assess the benefits (or costs) of an improvement (or deterioration) in bathing water quality classification
- makes recommendations for policy and practice, by providing recommendations on the management and assessment of designated bathing water sites and the overall value of bathing water quality in Scotland
Source: Scottish Government, 9 August 2018