9 June 2020
The people are enjoying at beach with more clear water and sun light in Europe as
the official reopening of beaches to the public. Due to long lockdown and no
human activities, water quality at Europe’s beaches has steadily improved and it
was improving since few years.
According to the report by European Environment Agency (EEA), among 22,295
bathing spots studied last year, 84.6 percent had “excellent” water quality. Since
2013, the number of sites in this category has risen by 2.2 points to 87.4 percent for
coastal bathing waters, and by 2.6 points to 79.1 for inland bathing waters. Water
quality can be classified as “excellent”, “good”, “sufficient” or “poor”, depending
on the level of fecal contamination detected.
Report says, Albania has the highest number of sites with poor water quality, at 5.9
percent, but the number has nonetheless been halved in four years it is because of
construction of water treatment plants. Like that the water quality tends to be better
in coastal areas it is because of their capacity for self-purification. Moreover, many
central European inland bathing water sites are situated on relatively small lakes
and ponds as well as low flow rivers are more susceptible than coastal.
The record further explained that the Cyprus topped the report, with 99.1 percent
of its beaches boasting excellent water quality. Similarly, the Greece which is
popular with tourists for its beaches came in fourth at 95.7 percent, behind Austria
and Malta. They were followed by Croatia, Germany and Portugal, while
Denmark, Italy and Spain tied in eighth place with 88.4 percent. Furthermore, this
study covered EU member states as well as Albania, the UK and Switzerland.