Bathing water quality results are revealed

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ALL beaches across the Portsmouth area have met the minimum standards for bathing water quality.

Scientists from the Environment Agency tested 20 samples of water throughout the year from each beach in the south.

Every one met the minimum European water quality standard.

However, several beaches failed to reach the highest standard of water quality, called the guideline standard.

Those beaches were Southsea, Bognor East, Aldwick, Felpham and Selsey.

Experts test the quality by measuring the amount of bacteria in the water – and these beaches were found to have more bacteria, on average, than other areas.

Beaches at Hayling Island, Bracklesham, West Wittering, Eastney, Stokes Bay, Lee-on-Solent and Hill Head all met the highest standards.

Across the South East, 67 per cent met the toughest standards – compared to 85 per cent in 2011.

Experts say the wet summer led to more pollutants being washed into the sea. Environment Minister Richard Benyon said improving bathing water quality would be ‘a key focus’ in the years ahead.