Sea Water Quality
Each year, Environmental Protection monitors sixteen of the most popular bathing water beaches around Jersey. At each beach the bathing water quality is sampled weekly between mid May to the end of September.
Monitoring and analysis of samples conforms to a strict protocol that is replicated throughout Europe. Results from Jersey are independently verified by the Centre for Research into Environment and Health (CREH) and submitted to The Marine Conservation Society for inclusion in the UK Good Beach Guide. CREH produce an annual report of the Island’s bathing water.
Monitoring of bathing water quality in Jersey has been undertaken since 1992. Environmental professionals employed by the States have been instrumental in developing the protocols for measuring bathing water quality that are now used in a new European Directive and by the World Health Organisation.
Weekly monitoring of the Island’s bathing water begins in May and bathing water results for the 16 monitored bathing waters are uploaded weekly onto www.gov.je/seawater.
Environmental Protection further monitor beach outfalls, streams etc. to identify and, where possible, stop potential sources of pollution which may impact on the quality of Jersey’s bathing waters.