THE Environment Agency has warned that a record number of #England'sbeaches are at risk of failing to meet European Union (EU) water quality standards this year.
It suggests new EU regulations will make it harder for beaches to attain the top ‘excellent’ rating.
More than 99% of English beaches passed last year's tests, but this is forecast to drop by 6%, with the water at 25 beaches possibly classed as ‘poor’.
Among those at risk are beaches in Margate, Ilfracombe, Blackpool, Lancing, Lyme Regis, and Fleetwood.
The Environment Agency will take water samples from 400 locations across England each week until the end of September.
Sites will have to display signs at all bathing areas by the end of the summer showing if the standards have been passed and whether or not people should swim.
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