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Response to the Environment Agency's annual assessment of bathing water quality

A Water UK spokesperson said:

“Thanks to water company investment the number of English bathing waters with a ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ rating has more than trebled since the 1990s.

“Although bathing water standards remain high, we share the Environment Agency’s aspiration that the quality of bathing water should improve year on year.

“Water and sewerage companies are proposing £11 billion of investment to overhaul our sewers, reduce the use of storm overflows as much as possible and further improve bathing waters.”