East coast awash with quality water

West Links Beach, Arbroath
West Links Beach, Arbroath

Angus beaches hit the mark in the Marine Conservation Society’s annual ‘Good Beach Guide’ which was launched online on April 15.

One of Scotland’s driest summers in recent memory has resulted in more bathing beaches than ever being ‘Recommended’ for their excellent water quality.

The broad sweeping beach at Lunan Bay, down to Arbroath West Links, Carnoustie and the extensive sands at Broughty Ferry have all been rated as having excellent water quality.

Despite Scotland receiving more rainfall than some other parts of the UK last summer, there were no failures at all, meaning all of Scotland’s monitored beaches reached minimum bathing water standards.

MCS Scotland programme manager, Calum Duncan said: “It’s great news that for the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup year we are able to recommend more beaches than ever, showing just how good water quality at Scotland’s beaches can be.

“The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather.”

“Most people don’t realise what a big impact the weather can have on bathing water quality, but this has really been highlighted in the last few years.”

By the end of the 2015 bathing season, all designated bathing waters must meet the new minimum sufficient standard. This will be more stringent than the current minimum standard. Some beaches will need to do more to make the grade which could include reducing pollution from sewage discharges, fixing mis-connected pipework and more steps to help dog owners clean up after their pets.

Bathers and beachgoers should vote with their feet by bathing only at beaches recommended in the Good Beach Guide to maintain pressure on Scottish Water, SEPA and local councils.