THE CLEANEST WATER FOR BATHING IN THE EU – IN LUXEMBOURG, MALTA AND CYPRUS
Cyprus along with Malta and Luxembourg was in the top three countries, the water for swimming in which is the cleanest in the European Union. The first line of the rating is Luxembourg with a 100% indicator (we are talking about 12 places for swimming in lakes). The country with the cleanest sea water in the EU is Malta (98.9%), followed by Cyprus (97.3%) and Greece (95.9%).
The European Environment Agency (EEA) released the report for 2017, which compares the water quality at 21,801 points in 28 EU countries. On the average for the European Union the indicator of cleanliness of places for bathing makes 85%. The worst indicators are in Bulgaria (44.2%) and Romania (50%).
In Cyprus, 112 bathing places were inspected. 109 comply with EU standards. Places where it is forbidden to swim (due to poor water quality), is not found in Cyprus. Samples for tests were taken only off the coast of the island. Inland waters, to which the dams are in Cyprus, are not allowed to swim.
Questions arose only to the beach of Kastella in Larnaca. According to EEA classification, it has “good water quality”. Everywhere else in Cyprus – “excellent”. Near the coast of Karafa beach, it was not possible to take enough samples to include it in the rating. Access to yet another beach – Ranti Forest (west of Petra Tou Romiou) – is closed. In 2016 there was an “excellent” water quality.
Significant salt content in the Mediterranean, high air temperature and a long period of solar activity contribute to preventing the development of harmful microorganisms. According to the authorities, all the dirt floating off the coast of Cyprus is not of local origin. Garbage, according to their data, brings sea currents from Africa and the Middle East, as well as passing ships.