Action underway to clean up Scotland’s busiest bathing water

15 June 2021

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is collaborating with partners to clean up the water at one of Scotland’s busiest bathing waters, Ayr (South Beach).

Having been classified as ‘poor’ for four years in a row, another such classification in 2021 would result in the loss of its designated bathing water status, meaning it would no longer benefit from SEPA water sampling and water quality predictions. While the beach would remain open and people could still go into the water, advice against bathing would be displayed.

SEPA, along with Scottish Water and supported by South Ayrshire Council, are working to try to ensure that situation is avoided. Ayr (South Beach) must achieve a minimum of ‘sufficient’ by the end of 2021 to remain a designated bathing water.

Source: SEPA, 7 June 2021