Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

MOVES TO REDUCE POLLUTION OF BATHING WATERS CONFIRMED

  • Comment
Welsh environment minister Sue Essex has announced the identification of 24 Welsh bathing waters as Sensitive Areas...
Welsh environment minister Sue Essex has announced the identification of 24 Welsh bathing waters as Sensitive Areas under the EC Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC).

The waters have previously been identified under the EC Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC). Their identification as Sensitive Areas under the EC Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive confirms that advanced treatment, such as ultraviolet disinfection, has been provided to discharges from local waste water treatment works in order to help the bathing waters achieve compliance with the Bathing Water Directive. Ultraviolet disinfection helps to reduce pathogens in waste water discharges.

Ms Essex commented: 'We are committed to a steady improvement to freshwater and bathing quality in Wales. Today's announcement, while essentially confirming the action that has already been put in hand, nonetheless recognises the efforts that have been made to ensure clean water on our coastline for both people and aquatic life.'

NOTES:

The designations are being made under the Urban Waste Water Treatment (England and Wales) Regulations 1994 which brought into domestic legislation the requirements of the European Council Directive 91/271/EEC concerning urban waste water treatment. The Regulations set standards and deadlines for the treatment of sewage according to the population served by sewage treatment works, and the sensitivity of receiving waters.

The Regulations require that all significant discharges be treated to at least secondary standards, and require more stringent treatment for discharges affecting identified Sensitive Areas. Under the Regulations, Sensitive Areas are identified (amongst other reasons) where further treatment than secondary is necessary to fulfil other Council Directives. Discharges into the waters listed in the Annex have all benefited from more than secondary treatment in order to help the water achieve standards contained within the Bathing Water Directive.

Annex 1

List of coastal areas identified Sensitive Areas (bathing water)

Swansea Bay

Bracelet Bay

Limeslade Bay

Langland Bay

Caswell Bay

Pembrey

Amroth

Tenby North

Castle Beach, Tenby

Tenby South

Dale

Newgale

Poppit Sands

Aberporth

Tresaith

Aberystwyth South

Aberystwyth North

Tywyn

Criccieth

Pwllheli

Rhosneigr

Llandudno North Shore

Colwyn Bay

Rhyl

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.