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Torridge Beaches receive top classification for Water Quality

Westward Ho! Beach Nov 17

The bathing waters at the main beaches in Torridge, Westward Ho! and Hartland, have once again been classified as "Excellent" in the latest analysis released by the Government Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). This is the top classification on the scale, and represents the highest, cleanest class of water that can be achieved.

The award comes on top of the Blue Flag award given to Westward Ho! earlier in the year for the 14th year running - in other words a double thumbs up! 

A new and much tougher classification system was introduced three years ago under a scheme that covers all bathing waters in England. The Water quality at these designated bathing sites is assessed independently by the Environment Agency from May to September each year. The weekly assessments measure current water quality which feed into an annual rating, classifying each site as excellent, good, sufficient or poor based on measurements taken over a period of up to four years. The "excellent" rating will apply for the 2018 season.

Councillor Phil Pennington - Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure said:

"This is the third time that water quality has been assessed against the new and much tougher EU standards but Torridge's beaches have once again come through with flying colours achieving the very top grading. This is further proof, if any were needed, that Torridge really is a great place to come on holiday with some of the best and cleanest beaches and water in the Country. We hope this will continue to inspire visitors to spend more time along our beautiful coastline."

17 November 2017