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BeachLive 2015 Season
Out of season service

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The official 2015 bathing water season has now ended. 

But to coincide with RNLI staffing of some beaches at weekends and during the October school half-term, the voluntary BeachLive service has been extended to cover the following beaches every day up to and including Saturday, 31 October 2015:

The service will then undergo redevelopment and maintenance before being switched on again in time for the start of the 2016 bathing water season in May.

Revised Bathing Water Directive

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The European Union's revised Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC) came into force in March 2006.

The overall objective of the revised directive is the protection of public health, but it also offers an opportunity to improve management practices at bathing waters and to standardise the information offered to bathers across Europe.

In 2015 the directive introduced a new classification system with more stringent water quality standards and puts an emphasis on providing information to the public.

From November 2015, bathing waters will be classed as either excellent, good, sufficient or poor. The water quality standards for the new classifications are much higher than those of the original bathing waters directive. Bathing Water Directive

Our priority is to ensure all bathing waters meet this standard.

In preparation, in 2014/15 we completed £20million of schemes to further improve bathing water quality

Read more: Revised Bathing Water Directive

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