Sea water at Cruden Bay rated as Poor

Cruden Bay
Cruden Bay

The bathing water at Cruden Bay beach has been given a Poor rating in this year’s report by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The rating will mean that the beach at Cruden Bay will now have to display a sign stating the Poor classification of the water.

The Poor rating means that the water has tested positive for high levels of E Coli and faecal matter.

In Scotland, the primary causes of poor bathing water quality are short episodes of pollution caused by the impact of heavy rainfall on the operation of sewerage assets, surface drains, field run-off and agricultural activity.

Stephen Smith, Councillor for Peterhead South and Cruden, said: ““It is important to remember that a “poor” classification does not necessarily mean that water quality is continually poor, and in many cases this is due to historic episodes of reduced water quality following heavy rainfall.

“A similar situation occurred in 2011 when SEPA declared the beach had failed a quality test, but this was on the basis of one sample which had been carried out following heavy rainfall causing run-off from fields and this was followed by several years of excellent reports.”

Fellow Peterhead South and Cruden Councillor Stuart Pratt said: “High tides can affect it but obviously if there is something that can be done to get the rating back up then we should look at it.”

The 2016 bathing water classifications are the first classifications under the new directive which is now standardised across Europe.

For the first time classifications apply to each bathing water at the start of the season rather than being the final result of the previous year’s season.

Seventeen other beaches in Scotland also received a Poor rating from the 84 tested.