Issued: 27 November 2019
A fantastic result for the South Hams as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announces this year’s bathing water quality results. 16 South Hams beaches have been graded as Excellent, the highest possible rating, with one more achieving a commendable Good rating. (Ed. Importantly, Bigbury South, Bigbury North, Challaborough and Bantham all achieved an EXCELLENT status).
South Hams bathing waters consistently achieve high ratings in the annual water quality tests, and all beaches have also met strict bathing water quality standards.
From May to September, the Environment Agency check the water quality regularly at all of the District’s beaches.
The most significant improvement in the past few year’s results has been Wembury; which two years ago received a Sufficient rating. It has improved year on year with Good last year and achieving Excellent for this set of results.
These quality results are great news for residents and visitors alike to keep enjoying the waters in the knowledge that they are clean and healthy to swim and play in.
Ian Luscombe, Head of Practice for Environmental Health at South Hams District Council, said: “These are really fantastic results which reflect the effort South Hams District Council, beach owners and our partners put into looking after our beautiful coastline.
“I’m confident the excellent water quality will encourage residents and visitors to continue to visit the District’s beaches next year, which we’re privileged to have on our doorstep.”
Check the water quality standards for other beaches locally and nationally on the Environment Agency’s Bathing Water Explorer website at: http://environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/