Tests re­sults are sim­ply splash­ing good news

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ALL but two of the North East’s 34 bathing waters have been rated as ei­ther “ex­cel­lent” or “good.”

Ev­ery one of the re­gion’s coastal sites passed the wa­ter qual­ity stan­dards, Defra an­nounced.

A to­tal of 25 of the bathing waters met the ex­cel­lent stan­dard, seven are clas­si­fied as good, two as suf­fi­cient and none as poor.

This com­pares to 2000, when only four North East bathing waters achieved the stan­dards in place at the time.

Com­pli­ance is based on the cur­rent and pre­vi­ous four years of sam­ple data, from a max­i­mum of 80 sam­ples per beach, from 2014 to 2017.

The sam­ples are taken by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency be­tween May and Septem­ber to as­sess the bathing waters. Richard Warne­ford, Northum­brian Wa­ter’s waste­water di­rec­tor, said: “Our two decades of in­vest­ment has yielded sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits, and we are con­fi­dent that by main­tain­ing fo­cus upon the North East coast­line we can con­tinue to drive im­prove­ments and make the re­gion’s coast a bea­con for ex­cel­lent bathing wa­ter.

“In­vest­ment in im­proved storm wa­ter stor­age fa­cil­i­ties through­out our net­work over the years and through our Rain­wise ini­tia­tive, where we re­move sur­face wa­ter from our sewer net­work and di­vert it into the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, will have con­trib­uted to these re­sults.

“Today shows a mas­sive im­prove­ment.”

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