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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 2 pre-determined sites, these are:

  • 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 available from:

  • The web links above
  • Tourist Information Centres
  • Libraries
  • 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.

Last updated: 09 March 2016

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