There are four stretches of the Blackpool coast that are designated bathing waters, and eight across the Fylde coast.
Each of these sites are monitored the by Environment Agency during the bathing season, which runs from May to September, taking 20 samples at each site every year. These sites must meet European guidelines of water quality, with the aim of protecting the health of people who may want to swim, paddle or even just splash and play there.
Blackpool Council is working closely with the Environment Agency, as well as the wider Fylde Peninsula Water Management Partnership to ensure our waters continue to meet the new standards. The Council also has a legal responsibility under the contaminated land investigation process to stop the pollution of controlled waters.
In 2016, all four of Blackpool's bathing waters passed the new European Directive, with Blackpool South beach being classed as 'excellent' and being given Blue Flag status.
As part of the work to improve bathing waters, Blackpool Council is part of the North West LOVEmyBEACH campaign, aimed at getting the public involved in improving local bathing waters, as well as informing them about the revised directive.