Water quality in several beaches not good

A European Environment Agency report, released today, shows that 5.7 percent of Estonia’s “bathing waters,” or swimming areas, were of poor quality in 2013.

Only 64.2 percent, or 34 of 53 official bathing areas, received the highest mark, one of the lowest percentages in the European Union, which had 82.6 percent high marks on average and 2.0 percent poor quality.

The following beaches were rated poor: Karepa in Lääne-Viru County, which had problems with E. coli; Vana-Pärnu Beach, near Pärnu, which had problems with both intestinal enterococci and E. coli; and Anne canal in Tartu, which had major problems with both intestinal enterococci and E. coli.

A number of beaches barely scraped by the tests, such as Kuressaare beach, Kunda (Lääne-Viru County) and Stroomi beach in Tallinn.

Read more from ERR News

 

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