The majority of Greece’s swimming areas are clean and free of pollutants harmful to human health and the environment, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said this week in its annual European bathing water quality report.
According to the findings, 97 percent of Greek bathing waters monitored in 2018 were found to be “excellent” – meeting a series of strict EEA quality standards, with 1.1 percent classified as “good”.
The report, which covers bathing water locations across Europe and includes lakes and rivers, said that in 2018, Greece identified and reported 1,598 bathing waters, accounting for 7.2 percent of all bathing waters in Europe.
Overall in the EU, 85 percent of bathing water sites were found to be clean and 95.4 percent of the 21,831 bathing water sites monitored in the 28 member states met the minimum quality requirements under EU rules.
Well done Crete, Greece!