OUR beaches have been given a seal of a approval for the quality of their bathing water – just in time for the summer season.
Another £4million being invested in improving standards along Wearside’s coastline.
Last year’s dry summer has seen water quality on Sunderland and East Durham beaches maintained or improved – and it has also brought the beach at Seaham Hall out of the failure bracket.
The ratings in the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual Good Beach Guide, saw the beach at Seaham Swimming Club, which was not tested last year, given the top rating of ‘recommended’, while Seaham beach is still classed as ‘mandatory’, for meeting minimum standards, a rating it now shares with Seaham Hall beach.
In Sunderland, Roker and Seaburn beaches, both rated mandatory last year, have now both got the higher rating of ‘guideline’.
A Northumbrian Water spokeswoman said: “We are very pleased with the North East’s results in this year’s MCS guide, which reflect the significant amount of work and investment by Northumbrian Water to help clean up our region’s bathing waters.
“The impact of run-off from agricultural land and fields after wet weather is also highlighted.
“We are not complacent and are investing a further £4million on bathing water schemes on areas including Seaham.”