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Bathing Water Quality in the New Forest Area

At intervals during the bathing water season from 15 May to 30 September, the Environment Agency take samples at designated bathing beaches in the New Forest - Calshot, Lepe (managed by Hampshire County Council), Milford-on-Sea and Barton-on-Sea (also known as Christchurch Bay). These samples are analysed against the standards in the European Bathing Water Directive.

In addition meeting European bathing water standards, the Solent Water Quality Award Scheme was launched in 1992 to provide a simple and readily understood indicator of satisfactory water quality at bathing beaches and, where feasible, in recreational waters around the Solent. A summary of bathing water quality for the New Forest can be found here.

The latest results bathing water results for the New Forest area are published below.



Updated: 22 Nov 2018
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