June heralds the start of SEPA monitoring Scotland’s bathing waters

Scotland’s bathing water season began on 1 June, with SEPA collecting samples from 83 Scottish waters for its annual bathing water monitoring programme.

And for the first time SEPA has produced bathing water profiles for all designated sites monitored in Scotland in 2010 – as required by the European Bathing Water Directive.

These annual profiles are intended to provide useful information to the public including:

  • a description, map and photograph of the bathing water;
  • information on potential pollution sources and risks to water quality;
  • descriptions of measures being taken to improve water quality;
  • information on reporting and responding to any pollution incidents;
  • local contact details for sources of further information.

Full details of the 2011 monitoring programme can be found here.