The school holidays are underway so grab your towel and visit one of our brilliant bathing waters this summer.
There are four bathing waters in Wirral and they have all been classed as excellent this year. The four bathing waters are in Meols, Moreton, Wallasey and West Kirby. The results are based on regular water sampling by specially trained officers from the Environment Agency.
Environment Agency officers visit each bathing water beach from May to September every year to see what levels of bacteria are present in the water. Officers use results to maintain and improve bathing water quality.
Huge strides have been made to improve water quality, helping to make our beaches even more attractive for the increasing numbers of tourists who visit from around the world. The Environment Agency works closely with partners to monitor, investigate and reduce pollution – our beaches and rivers have better water quality than any time since before the Industrial Revolution.
Nick Mercer, Sampling and Collections Team Leader, said: “We’re really pleased the four Wirral bathing waters are all classed as excellent this year. We’ve implemented a long term strategy to improve the quality of bathing waters which are the cleanest they’ve ever been – not just here but across the country.
“Samples are taken regularly throughout the bathing water season and this enables us to check they are safe for people to enjoy. We know how much people like going to the beach and the great benefit this has on the local economy. We will continue our work to ensure these standards are upheld.”
Cllr Phill Brightmore, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “I’m delighted that the standard of Wirral’s bathing water has improved even further to reach the highest of standards. The quality and cleanliness of Wirral’s coastline is not only crucial to our local environment, it is a key part of our tourism offer and supports hundreds of jobs in the borough.”
The Environment Agency works 24 hours a day to protect people and wildlife from pollution incidents and we encourage people to report such incidents to our Incident Hotline on 0800 807060.