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Why and How is Bathing Water Quality Assessed?


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Regulatory Developments

published on 04/16/2008

Water quality standards and bathing area classification

The quality standards for freshwater are different from those of seawater and are more severe than those set in the previous Directive. The standards are based on studies showing that water which complies with the said standards offers the public bathing conditions free of significant health risk.
The classification is made using a statistical method, based on analyses carried out over 4 consecutive years.