Water at Jersey beaches cleanest since records began

Bathing water in Jersey has been found to be the cleanest since monitoring began in 1992.

The Planning and Environment department has released figures showing 16 of Jersey's bathing areas passed the European Imperative Standard.

The summer 2010 figures show the island's pass rate exceeded that for England and Wales by 2%.

The department has planned to improve quality further by mapping potential sources of pollution around the island.

Wetter summer

Bathing water profiles are being drawn up in preparation for a new revised European bathing water directive.

Deputy Rob Duhamel, assistant minister for the department, said: "In 2010 the quality of our island's bathing waters was equal to the 2009 season, even though this summer was wetter.

"Our bathing water quality in Jersey was higher than those bathing waters in England and Wales.

"We want to make even higher standards in 2011."

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