According to the latest report prepared by the European Environment Agency, water in almost all Greek baths meets the highest EU standards. For the purpose of this study, 1598 places in Greece were subjected to a detailed examination. Water in as much as 95.9% of all bathing areas was classified as free from pollution. This result puts Greece at the forefront of Europe.
According to the report, only countries like Luxembourg (100%), Malta (98.9%) or Cyprus (97.3%) can be better indicators. It is worth noting, however, that in the case of these countries the number of places covered by the study is drastically lower. In Cyprus, water quality was monitored on 113 beaches, Malta in 87, and in Luxembourg only 12 bathing areas were covered.
Greece was also included in the group of 11 countries, for which the water quality in none of the studied areas was assessed as insufficient. Countries with the largest number of bathing areas that do not comply with basic water quality standards are Italy (79 places), France (80) and Spain (38).
The scale of this research should be proved by the fact that the total water quality was monitored in over 21.8 thousand. places located in a total of 30 countries (28 belonging to the EU and also in Switzerland and Albania). The results allow to conclude that as many as 85% of them meet the highest and most stringent EU standards. This result is slightly worse than in the previous study. However, the fall is explained by last year's floods that were recorded in Romania and Sweden.
If you're wondering what Poland looks like in this list, what else can we do to write that we are far from the leaders. This report includes only 205 bathing sites in our country. During the last year (from June 1 to the end of August) the fulfillment of the most stringent water quality standards was found in 137 places accounting for only 66.8% of the total number of examined bathing areas. More detailed information about Polish bathing sites can be found at: https://sk.gis.gov.pl/index.php/strona/content/7