Sunderland and Seaham beaches get clean bill of health

Seaburn beach on a busy Bank Holiday Monday.
Seaburn beach on a busy Bank Holiday Monday.
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THE Wearside coastline has been given a clean bill of health for swimmers.

From Roker up to Whitburn the beaches have achieved success in this year’s water quality results.

Seaside-lovers along the Durham coast can also enjoy a dip in the sea along Seaham and Crimdon.

DEFRA has announced 31 of the North East’s 34 bathing water areas have met the highest European water-quality standard, known as “Guideline”.

These results, along with those in 2011, are the best bathing water results the North East has achieved, and they reflect £1billion of investment by Northumbrian Water, over the last two decades, to improve bathing water quality and to help ensure the region’s coastline is one of the best in the country.

In 2011 Northumbrian Water was the first water company to have more than 90 per cent of its bathing waters pass the stringent Guideline.

Twenty sea water samples are taken by the Environment Agency at each bathing water location, between May 1 and September 30, to determine levels of bacteria in sea water, and which water quality standard has been achieved.

Northumbrian Water’s operations director, Graham Neave, said: “We are delighted with these bathing water results which are in stark contrast to those in 2000, when only four bathing waters in the North East achieved the Guideline standard.

“We are proud of the contribution we have made to protect and improve our region’s stunning coastline and we appreciate the significant impact that beaches have on tourism, the economy and the leisure industry.”

Portfolio Holder for City Services, Councillor Michael Mordey, said: “We are very proud of our award winning beaches and coastline, and this DEFRA announcement about the highest standards of sea water quality along our shores is welcome news.

“It will help highlight what our work with community and environmental partners, including Northumbrian Water, continues to achieve in providing residents and visitors with the best environmental standards that we can.”