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Bathing waters tested across Europe

The majority of Hungarian bathing waters received excellent ratings.

According to the quality assessment of the European Environment Agency (EEA), bathing water in Europe remains excellent.

Regular monitoring and evaluation of bathing waters is essential to maintain high water quality across Europe and, if necessary, take effective measures to deal with water pollution. Cleaner bathing waters serve not only our own health and well-being, but also a healthy environment.

Scientists tested waters for bacteria that would suggest pollution from sewage or runoff from agricultural lands. Based on their testing, bathing waters were classified as excellent, good, adequate or poor.

According to the report, the vast majority (95 percent) of the 22,295 bathing sites inspected across Europe in 2019 met the minimum quality requirements set out in EU legislation. The percentage of “excellent” bathing sites meeting the strictest criteria fell only slightly in 2019, both in Europe and in Hungary – from 84.9 to 84.6 percent in all countries surveyed. In Hungary, it fell from 72.3 percent to 70.8 percent compared to 2018.

In Hungary, 257 bathing sites were inspected, and the vast majority of them (88.4 percent) met the minimum requirements for water quality, while 182 (70.8 percent) received an “excellent” rating; only about 3 percent were of poor quality.

An interactive map of the water quality of 22,295 European baths can also be found here.

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