To better inform you about where to go swimming, we test the water quality at over 400 bathing waters in England during the bathing water season (15 May to 30 September).
Latest bathing water quality results
You can find out the latest water quality results for any bathing water by searching the bathing water data explorer.
The bathing water data explorer also has detailed bathing water profiles where you will find:
- a description of the beach and surrounding area
- information about rivers and streams feeding into the bathing water
- a pollution management plan
The bathing water quality results for England for 2013 can be found on the GOV.UK website.
Sometimes there might be a pollution incident (known as an abnormal situation) because of something like a broken sewer or accidental spil which means you shouldn’t swim at the bathing water. Warning signs will be put at the beach to let you know or you can check if there are any pollution incidents on the bathing water data explorer.
You can also get information about bathing waters and what is happening at them on the free Beach Selecta phone app or the Surfers Against Sewage sewer alert system.
It’s important to stay safe when you visit a bathing water or any other beaches. Public Health England and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) provide safety advice.
You can find beach guides on the Keep Britain Tidy and Marine Conservation Society websites.