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Estonia's inland bathing water quality is the best in Europe, sea water quality poorer

Juhan Tere, BC, Tallinn, 02.07.2012.Print version
Estonia's inland bathing water quality was the best in the European Union in 2011 while sea water quality was poorer, LETA/Public Broadcasting cites and European Environmental Agency report.

A total of 55 bathing waters were monitored in Estonia during the 2011 bathing season, of which 27 were coastal bathing waters and 28 were inland bathing waters (five on rivers; 23 on lakes). Some 92.9% of the inland bathing waters were of excellent quality in 2011. This is an increase of 21.5% compared to the previous year when 71.4% of the bathing waters met the guide values.

 

Germany and Austria followed in the top list, with 90.2% and 83.5% of inland bathing waters having excellent quality.

 

In Estonia, 48.1% of the coastal bathing waters were of excellent quality in 2011. This is a decrease of 22.3% compared to the previous year when 70.4% of the bathing waters met the guide values.

 

The top of this list included Cyprus (99.1%), Malta (97.7%) and Greece (94.1%) while Estonia was among the last ones in the list.






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