Quality of Brighton’s beach water hailed as “excellent” by environmental experts

Quality of Brighton’s beach water hailed as “excellent” by environmental experts

Quality of Brighton’s beach water hailed as “excellent” by environmental experts

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THE quality of Brighton’s beach water has been hailed as “excellent” by environmental experts.

The annual bathing water quality report from the European Environmental Agency shows the quality of the water at the city’s beach is excellent.

It received the highest score available in the report.

This comes just a week after The Argus revealed Brighton and Hove’s beaches missed out on the prestigious Blue Flag award – which recognises the high standards of beaches and marinas – because the city council failed to enter.

Council officers said they were more focused on improving the quality of the beaches rather than applying for awards.

Commenting on quality report, a spokesman from the city council said: “The water here is usually rated excellent.

“It is rare that it dips below that standard and usually only happens when heavy rainstorms wash dirt from the land to the sea.

“During the summer we display the results of testing on notice boards along the seafront so people can be confident of the quality of the water’s quality before they take a dip or a paddle.

“Combined with a clean beach, people can usually be guaranteed a pleasant visit.”

In total 80% of coastal resorts in the UK were found to have an excellent quality of bathing water in 2013.

This is a vast improvement on last year as wet weather blighted the south coast water quality.

A spokesman from Southern Water, which spent billions of pounds improving the quality of the bathing water along the south-east coastline in 2012, said: “As part of our continued commitment to environmental improvement, we recently completed a £300 million wastewater treatment for Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area.”

Mark Burgess, marketing and events manager at Swim Trek, which organises sea swimming events at Brighton beach, said: “Working for Swim Trek we love to swim especially in the sea.

“We find the quality of water in Brighton sea generally of a good standard and being based just a few hundred metres from the beach we can be regularly found having an early morning or lunch time swim in it.”

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10:59am Sun 1 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

I'm going to apply for a job with the council. When they ask whether I have any qualifications, I shall simply reply "I thought it was more important to focus on learning stuff than sitting my finals. I'm really good at this stuff and my lecturers said I would probably definitely get pretty good results, so I didn't actually need to do any exams. I've done a few revision papers I found online and then checked the answers, and I did quite well."
I'm sure that will persuade them.
I'm going to apply for a job with the council. When they ask whether I have any qualifications, I shall simply reply "I thought it was more important to focus on learning stuff than sitting my finals. I'm really good at this stuff and my lecturers said I would probably definitely get pretty good results, so I didn't actually need to do any exams. I've done a few revision papers I found online and then checked the answers, and I did quite well." I'm sure that will persuade them. Roundbill
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11:29am Sun 1 Jun 14

Mr chock says...

Roundbill wrote:
I'm going to apply for a job with the council. When they ask whether I have any qualifications, I shall simply reply "I thought it was more important to focus on learning stuff than sitting my finals. I'm really good at this stuff and my lecturers said I would probably definitely get pretty good results, so I didn't actually need to do any exams. I've done a few revision papers I found online and then checked the answers, and I did quite well."
I'm sure that will persuade them.
ohh whoops i saw this article on blue flags .. not many beaches apply for them now its like the keep britain tidy campaign .. such a pity the ideas of the old folks are being forgotten ...
Council officers said they were more focused on improving the quality of the beaches rather than applying for awards... whos for a nice ice cream packaged in a plastic wrapper ohh where did that wrapper go ... opps not only does the local paper do articles on the dirty beaches .. http://www.dailymail
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-strewn-Brighton-sea
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[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: I'm going to apply for a job with the council. When they ask whether I have any qualifications, I shall simply reply "I thought it was more important to focus on learning stuff than sitting my finals. I'm really good at this stuff and my lecturers said I would probably definitely get pretty good results, so I didn't actually need to do any exams. I've done a few revision papers I found online and then checked the answers, and I did quite well." I'm sure that will persuade them.[/p][/quote]ohh whoops i saw this article on blue flags .. not many beaches apply for them now its like the keep britain tidy campaign .. such a pity the ideas of the old folks are being forgotten ... Council officers said they were more focused on improving the quality of the beaches rather than applying for awards... whos for a nice ice cream packaged in a plastic wrapper ohh where did that wrapper go ... opps not only does the local paper do articles on the dirty beaches .. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2179371/Broken-bottl es-plastic-bags-left -strewn-Brighton-sea front.html Mr chock
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8:10pm Sun 1 Jun 14

hubby says...

OK if you like swimming with turds,tampax's and Johnnys!
OK if you like swimming with turds,tampax's and Johnnys! hubby
  • Score: 3

9:36pm Sun 1 Jun 14

We love Red Billy says...

hubby wrote:
OK if you like swimming with turds,tampax's and Johnnys!
Condoms on Brighton beach have always been known as 'Love fish'.
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: OK if you like swimming with turds,tampax's and Johnnys![/p][/quote]Condoms on Brighton beach have always been known as 'Love fish'. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 0

10:06pm Sun 1 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

So why does the city of Brighton have to lie about having a blue flag?
So why does the city of Brighton have to lie about having a blue flag? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 1

11:10pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Eugenius says...

Thanks to the government's austerity measures, which Labour have pledged to continue, the council needs to find savings of £25 million from its budget next year.

Under the circumstances there are more important things than spending money on applying for a blue flag. Excellent to see the water quality receive top marks from the independent environment agency.
Thanks to the government's austerity measures, which Labour have pledged to continue, the council needs to find savings of £25 million from its budget next year. Under the circumstances there are more important things than spending money on applying for a blue flag. Excellent to see the water quality receive top marks from the independent environment agency. Eugenius
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