Cyprus bathing waters ranked as EU’s second best with 99% given ‘excellent’ rating
Cyprus bathing waters have been ranked as the second best within the EU, according to the European Environment Agency’s 2016 assessment which was published on May 23, 2017.
Overall, 99 per cent of Cyprus bathing sites were assessed as being of ‘excellent’ quality, with only Luxembourg ranking above the island with 100 per cent.
Even the one per cent of Cyprus bathing sites that were not deemed to be of ‘excellent’ quality, these were deemed by the EEA to be of a ‘sufficient’ quality.
The EEA’s stringent ‘excellent’ quality standard – which is based on the minimum quality requirements set out under EU rules – means that the bathing water quality was mostly free from pollutants that are harmful to human health and the environment.
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Bathing water was sampled and monitored for contamination by faecal pollution from sewage or livestock.
During the 2016 bathing season, 113 bathing waters were analysed along the Cyprus coastline.
According to the EEA, 1,039 samples were taken at bathing waters throughout the May 1 to October 31 season – nine per bathing water on average.
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In the 2016 bathing season, 32 short-term pollution incidents were reported. An EEA investigation into all incidents showed that no land base pollution sources were detected. The pollution was most probably by the illegal waste dumping from a boat or ship.
Within the EEA report it also stated that wastewater treatment plants are currently operational for five large agglomerations on the Cyprus coast.
The EEA found that wastewater effluent is almost entirely reused for irrigation, and that there is no untreated wastewater disposal (municipal or industrial) into the sea.
Cyprus climatic conditions (increased sunlight and high temperature) and the coastal water salinity are quite unfavourable to microorganism survival, added the EEA findings.