DEFRA has announced this year’s bathing water quality results and all twelve South Hams District Council owned beaches have achieved Excellent or Good.
South Hams bathing waters have consistently achieved high ratings in the annual water quality tests, and all beaches have also met stringent bathing water quality standards.
The most significant improvement in this year’s results was the improvement at Wembury. Last year this beach received a “sufficient” rating but this has now improved to “Good.”
Cllr Nicky Hopwood, Executive Member for Environmental Health at South Hams District Council, said: “This is an excellent set of results and really reflects the effort South Hams puts into looking after our stunning coastline. With the good weather this year bringing more and more visitors to the South Hams, it’s great to know that they were enjoying bathing water that was safe and clean for them.”
“Hopefully these ratings will continue to encourage residents and tourists alike to visit the wonderful coastline we’re lucky enough to have here.”
Despite the damage from Storm Emma and the significant disruption of the road works, Slapton Sands at both Torcross and Monument beaches maintained their “excellent” rating. Millbay, Salcombe, Thurlestone South, Challaborough and Bovisand were also rated excellent.
Hope Cove, Thurlestone North, Bantham, Bigbury, Mothecombe and Wembury were all rated “Good.”
Check the water quality standards for local beaches on the Bathing Water Explorer website at http://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/