Dumfries and Galloway Beaches Rated by SEPA

The Solway coast has been tested by SEPA and now three beaches have been given a ‘Good’ rating. Carrick Beach at Borgue, Mossyard near Gatehouse of Fleet and Southerness near Dumfries all got a ‘GOOD’ rating for 2019.

This season beach users will have access to real time water quality forecasts, and live information on any pollution incidents, thanks to SEPA scientists who sample the water and combine with state-of-the-art weather data to provide daily bathing water forecasts throughout the three and a half months of the bathing season. These are available at 31 bathing water locations by 10.00am every morning through:

sepa.org.uk/bathingwaters – SEPA’s website
08452 30 30 98 – SEPA’s Beachline
Live electronic signs at 31 designated beach locations

Calum McPhail, SEPA Environmental Quality manager, said:

“Every day SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s stunning environment. It is great news that more bathing waters have met the ‘excellent’ standard than since the new tighter standards first came into force in 2015 and we are also pleased to reveal that fewer bathing waters are rated as ‘poor’.

“Each bathing water is different with a unique set of potential water quality challenges. Working with partners we’re continuing our focus on bathing waters rated as ‘poor’ with tailored improvement plans, prepared by SEPA, well underway.

“We are committed to providing real time information on bathing water quality to ensure those heading to Scotland’s beaches can have a great day, and through partnership working we hope to see further improvements in bathing water quality in the coming months and years.”

If you would like more information on beaches to visit along the Solway Coast download our Good Beach Guide here

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