Croatia's bathing water sites of excellent quality - EC

ZAGREB, 23.5.2017.

Out of 949 monitored bathing sites in Croatia last season, 96.2 percent met the quality requirements set out under European Union rules, and over 94.1 percent met the most stringent ‘excellent’ quality standards, according to the report published on Tuesday by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

In 2016 bathing season, 949 bathing waters were reported in Croatia. As many as 893 bathing facilities (94.1 percent) had excellent quality, and 20 bathing sites had good or sufficient quality. None of the monitored sites had poor quality, and 36 bathing sites did not send sufficient number of samples for monitoring.

Of those monitored sites, 922 were coastal and 27 inland bathing sites.

"More than 85 percent of bathing water sites monitored across Europe in 2016 met the most stringent ‘excellent’ quality standards — meaning they were mostly free from pollutants harmful to human health and the environment, according to the annual bathing water quality report published today. Over 96 percent of bathing water sites met minimum quality requirements set out under European Union rules," reads the report.

The report from the EEA and the European Commission "confirms a positive 40-year trend of increasingly cleaner water at beaches and swimming spots across Europe." The assessment compiled analyses of water sampled at more than 21 000 coastal and inland bathing sites and gives a good indication where the best sites with the highest water quality are likely to be found this summer. Bathing water is sampled and monitored for contamination by faecal pollution from sewage or livestock.

The European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, was quoted as saying that "the excellent quality of European Bathing Water sites is not by chance. It is the result of hard work by dedicated professionals. It shows the importance of nurturing EU policy that promotes green jobs."

Hans Bruyninckx, EEA Executive Director, said: "It is encouraging to see that more and more bathing water sites across Europe are meeting the highest quality standards. This helps Europeans make better informed choices about the bathing sites they plan to visit this summer. It also shows the effectiveness of our environmental policies and the practical benefits to human health protection and our daily lives when excellent data collection and analysis are conducted."