Brighton’s sea water has been classed as ‘excellent’ for bathing. The 13 km stretch of sea from Saltdean to Brighton Central and Hove has been given an A star rating for bathing water quality by the government’s Environment Agency.
The agency has given the highest award of three stars to Brighton’s waters after it took 20 sea samples between 1st May to 30th September this year.
Councillor Anne Pissaridou, chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said:
“This is really great news for everyone who uses the beach and the sea. We can all use the sea in the knowledge that we are bathing in clean, safe waters. It’s particularly reassuring for families with children.
“This announcement will also be welcomed by the 11 million tourists who come to enjoy our city every year. With our 300 new recycling bins which we’re urging people to use, our beaches and sea should become even cleaner.
The agency measures the sea for two main harmful water pollutants – E. Coli and Intestinal Enterococci bacteria, both of which can indicate the presence of human and animal faeces in the water.
In each of the four city areas, the samples showed the amount of bacteria in the sea was found to be virtually non-existent.
A letter from the agency to the council’s chief executive Geoff Raw states:
“Today we are announcing the new bathing water classifications, based on monitoring data collected by the Environment Agency (EA) between 2016 and 2019.
“Saltdean, Brighton Kemptown, Brighton Central and Hove have all been classified as Excellent and this will be the ‘current classification’ for the 2020 bathing season.”