Suffolk: Quality of county’s beaches goes live

Suffolk’s beaches have been rated highly for quality of water by a new interactive online service.

The detailed profiles of bathing spots along the coast have been released on the internet by the Environment Agency.

An interactive map shows users the results of water samples taken from beaches around England and Wales last year.

The stretch of shoreline between Lowestoft and Frinton-on-Sea has been highly rated for water quality by the agency, which aims to beat the problem of pollution for the UK’s shoreline.

Meanwhile, samples taken from beaches in Great Yarmouth and Clacton returned only minimum quality readings.

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The profiles include maps, photos and links to the latest water quality results for coastal and inland bathing sites, released to help people choose the best locations to visit.

Ed Mitchell, Environment Agency director of environment and business, said: “Our new profiles provide the most comprehensive information yet on the cleanliness of bathing waters, helping the public to make more informed choices about the best locations to bathe.

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“A record number of beaches reached the highest European standards last year, but we are not complacent. We are working hard to tackle all sources of pollution, alongside beach users, local authorities, farmers and water companies.”

-Click the link on the right of this story to see the new online profiles.

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