Defra report into Selsey, West Wittering and Pagham water quality

SELSEY has failed to reach guideline compliance levels for bathing waters in the latest Defra results.

Figures released yesterday (Tuesday, November 6), show bathing waters off Selsey met the mandatory compliance standard but failed to reach the tighter guideline level.

Selsey also failed to meet the guideline level in 2011.

Defra measures the amount of E.coli and other bacteria in the water when looking at guideline compliance.

Bracklesham Bay, West Wittering and Pagham all passed both the mandatory and guideline compliance levels.

Nationally, the pass rate was 93 per cent for mandatory and 58 per cent for guideline.

Environment minister Richard Benyon said: “While the majority of England’s bathing waters continue to be of a good quality, I am disappointed a number have fallen short of the tighter standard due to the heavy rainfall we experienced during the summer.

“It is crucial we continue to work with the Environment Agency, water companies and stakeholders to address the effect pollution is having.”