High quality of Austrian bathing sites

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(Vienna/Brussels, 29 May 2018) 99,6% of Austrian bathing sites meet the standards for water quality, says the new bathing water report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today. Within the European Union eighty-five per cent of the monitored bathing sites met minimum standards for water quality in 2017. Water quality was excellent at 85% of the sites. In five countries, 95% or more of bathing waters were assessed as being of excellent quality: Luxembourg (all 12 reported bathing waters), Malta (98.9% of all sites), Cyprus (97.3% of all sites), Greece (95.9% of all sites) and Austria (95.1% of all sites).

 

All reported bathing water sites in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania, Slovenia and Switzerland achieved at least sufficient quality in 2017 (in accordance with the minimum quality standards set by the Bathing Water Directive). The three countries with the highest numbers of bathing water sites of 'poor' water quality were Italy (79 bathing water sites or 1.4%), France (80 sites or 2.4%) and Spain (38 sites or 1.7%).

 

The EEA’s annual bathing water quality compares the quality of bathing water sampled at more than 21 000 coastal and inland bathing sites across the EU, Switzerland and Albania in 2017. Alongside the report, the EEA has published an interactive map showing the performance of each bathing site.

Austrian bathing sites

 

In Austria 99,6% of the monitored bathing sites met the Bathing Water Directive’s minimum standards for water quality. 95,1% had excellent water quality. In total 263 Austrian bathing sites were monitored.
Detailed information is available at the bathing sites database hosted by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES).

 

Forty years of investments have improved Europe’s bathing water

 

The  European bathing water Report shows that overall bathing water has improved over time. In 1991, 56% of bathing water sites reached the highest standards. This percentage rose to 85% in 2017, based on more than 9 600 bathing water sites that have been monitored every year during this period.

 

The annual report compiles analyses of water sampled at more than 21 000 coastal and inland bathing sites across the EU, Switzerland and Albania indicating whether or not it has been contaminated by faecal pollution from sewage or livestock. Alongside the report, the EEA has published an interactive map showing the performance of each bathing site.

 

Weitere Informationen:

Petra Kestler, Press Office, Environment Agency Austria, Phone +43 1 313 04-5432