United Kingdom: Record number of British beaches reach highest European standards

Press Association: A record number of beaches and bathing spots in England and Wales reached the highest European standards for water quality this year, monitoring by the Environment Agency showed today. Figures showed 86.2% of bathing waters met the higher "guideline" standards set down by the European Commission in 2010 – a rise from 80.2% last year and a huge increase from 1990 figures when less than a third of bathing sites made the grade. Some 98% of beaches and inland swimming areas met the mandatory minimum......

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