December 4, 2010
water quality in Burnham, Brean and Berrow gets EU thumbs-up
The quality of sea water in Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow
has been praised this week after meeting strict EU guidelines
in a new survey by the Environment Agency.
Environment Agency's staff, pictured on a visit to Burnham earlier
this year, monitor bathing water quality at 493 beaches across
the UK, taking 20 samples from each beach throughout the bathing
season from May to September.
latest survey results make good reading for beach users in Burnham,
Brean and Berrow.
Agency spokesman Mike Dunning told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
can confirm that Burnham, Brean and Berrow have all passed the
EU Guideline bathing water standard."
is an encouraging improvement on 2009 when these beaches failed
to meet the EU Guideline, the higher of the two EU standards.
The lower is called Mandatory. The Guideline standard is 20 times
more stringent than mandatory."
He added that this year, 175 (92%) of the 191 beaches tested in
the South West met the EU Guideline standard, which was up from
84% in 2009.
total of 186 (97.3%) of bathing waters in the South West passed
the minimum (mandatory) standard with just five sites falling
short - none of which were in Somerset.
won a sought-after Quality Coast Award for the quality of its
beaches earlier this year
and sea water quality is also frequently praised in independent