One in 10 popular Dutch inland swimming locations does not meet Brussels’ standards although bathing water quality has improved since 2010, according to a new European Commission report.
The latest annual Bathing Water Report describes the water quality in more than 22,000 bathing sites at beaches, rivers and lakes across Europe last year.
Of those, 690 were in the Netherlands, mostly inland lakes and rivers.
Cyprus, Croatia, Malta and Greece had excellent reports on their bathing water sites, but at ‘the opposite end of the scale, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Latvia, Luxemburg and Belgium had relatively low proportions of sites meeting the strict guide values, especially as regards inland waters’, the report said.
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