CLEAN. A member of the beach patrol drives along the beach in Brighton, England on May 8, 2020. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Europe - Beaches steadily getting cleaner – report

Water quality at Europe's beaches has steadily improved in recent years, with the vast majority boasting excellent quality, a new report said Monday, June 8.

Among 22,295 bathing spots studied last year, 84.6% had "excellent" water quality, the report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) found.

Since 2013, the number of sites in this category has risen by 2.2 points to 87.4% for coastal bathing waters, and by 2.6 points to 79.1 for inland bathing waters.

Researchers studied the water for bacteria indicating pollution caused by sewage or water drainage from farms.

Water quality can be classified as "excellent," "good," "sufficient," or "poor," depending on the level of faecal contamination detected.

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