Water quality testing begins at Lincolnshire beaches
WATER quality testing has begun at bathing beaches on the Lincolnshire coast.
Environment Agency experts will spend the next five months taking water samples from all nine bathing beaches in Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire to check that they meet European bacteriological water quality standards.
Blue Flag beaches in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea will be under scrutiny alongside other designated bathing beaches at Huttoft, Anderby, Chapel St Leonards and Ingoldmells.
Sampling and collection team leader at the Environment Agency, Adrian Lack, said: "Our water sampling is vital to make sure visitors to Lincolnshire's beaches know that they are suitable for swimming. We test for bacteria that are usually associated with upset stomachs and which can come from waste water or from poorly-treated sewage or animal faeces.
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"Farmers, businesses, local authorities and water companies all have a role to play in continuing to improve water quality. As well as our annual testing regime, the Environment Agency is also working with them to tackle pollution from animal waste, roads, homes and businesses which can enter streams, rivers and, ultimately, bathing waters."
The Environment Agency takes 20 samples from every EU-designated bathing water site between May 1 and September 30 each year.
The results of the testing help to determine whether a beach meets the requirements of the international Blue Flag award scheme.