Cemaes Bay has recently achieved a positive classification with the quality of its bathing water.
The quality of Wales’ bathing waters is 100 per cent compliant with EU standards for the first time, since 2015.
The annual bathing water statistics were published yesterday by the Welsh Government, with every designated bathing area in Wales achieving the EU’s water standards. All 104 monitored sites in Wales have achieved a ‘Sufficient’, ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ classification.
Among the sites that have improved was Cemaes Bay on Anglesey – which went from ‘Poor’ to ‘Sufficient’.
Nadia DeLonghi, operations manager for Natural Resources Wales, said: “Making sure Wales’ bathing waters are safe and clean for people and wildlife is a huge part of our job. We’re particularly pleased about the quality improvement of places like Cemaes Bay on Anglesey and Wisemans Bridge in Pembrokeshire that have been real focus areas for us over the years.
“Our work will continue, in partnership with others, so that bathing water standards are maintained and continue to improve where necessary.”
Wales currently has more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in Britain. However, water quality levels can be negatively affected by a number of things including sewage, farmland pollution and animal faeces.
Samples are taken at least six times during the bathing season which runs from 15 May to 30 September. They are taken for testing to find their average water quality level and are classified as either “Excellent”, “Good”, “Sufficient” or “Poor”.
Huw Thomas, Operations Manager Environmental Protection at Anglesey Council said: “We are extremely pleased about Cemaes Bay’s improvement in water quality.”
“2018 was the first year when we were able to also run a sophisticated bathing water quality model developed by the Acclimatize Team at Aberystwyth University. Anglesey County Council Officers ran the model 3 times a day Monday – Friday and twice a day on Weekends and public holidays. Bathing water quality advice was given to the public via the @traethcemaes Twitter page and physical signs at the beach itself”.
“In 2016 the Council took a decision to establish a Task Group to address the poor water quality classification at Cemaes and clearly all this hard work has paid off.”