Bathing Water Quality
As a seaside resort, the quality of the recreational bathing waters of Morecambe Bay is an important issue for the district.
The quality of the sea water not only has an impact on tourism in the area but on wildlife and commercial activities such as the shellfish industry.
Designated bathing waters in Britain and all member states must meet the minimum standard of water quality, which is set by the EC Bathing Water Directive.
This page gives further information about our role in the monitoring of water quality and previous results gained.
Key work areas on bathing water quality
The actual monitoring of bathing water cleanliness is dealt with by The Environment Agency
They carry out a water sampling programme each year from mid May to the end of September (the recognised bathing season).
For Morecambe they take 20 samples (1 a week) from each of 3 pre-determined sites, these are:
- Heysham (Half-Moon Bay)
- Morecambe North (Town Hall)
- Morecambe South (West End)
What is Lancaster City Council's role?
- The Environment Agency send the sample results to this department and it is our job to inform the public about the current Bathing Water Quality.
- This is done via a poster system, and the idea of the poster is to give the public the information they need to make an informed decision on bathing in Morecambe Bay.
Where can I find this information?
The information is regularly updated and sent to:
- In the right hand downloads menu on this page
- Tourist Information Centres who may display the poster
- Local newspapers who may from time to time have run an article on Bathing Water Quality.
- Public information posters are also displayed in Morecambe Town Hall and on the promenade
The Environment Agency also has information about bathing water quality in Morecambe Bay and other coastal areas.