High-quality Danish bathing water
The Danish EPA Bathing Water Atlas 2004 shows that the quality of bathing water at Danish beaches is still excellent. As in 2003, bathing is only prohibited at 16 locations, corresponding to 8.5 km of the total of 5,000 km of Danish beaches suitable for bathing.
The Atlas also indicates sites where the quality of the bathing water is doubtful. In 2004 the number of doubtful bathing sites has fallen to 23 (last year: 30) of the 1256 Danish bathing water stations. Causes of the varying bathing water quality are for instance sewage discharges. However, at nine of the locations, the source of pollution is not known.
The locations with doubtful bathing water quality are monitored regularly. The conditions affecting the water are investigated, and when the source of pollution is found, remediation measures are taken.
Sites where water samples are to be taken are appointed by the local authorities, the Medical Health Officer and regional authority staff. Samples are taken in the period 1 March to 1 September, and at sites where the water quality is not acceptable, twice as many samples are taken.
Danish EPA Water, contact person: Linda Bagge, email@example.com, +45 3266 0287. See information on Danish bathing water and the Bathing Water Atlas on the Danish EPA website: http://www.mst.dk/aqua/01080000.htm
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