If you have a problem related to the quality of your drinking water please contact your supplier direct.
Certain coastal waters used for bathing and recreation are designated under the Bathing Waters Directive.
A new classification system for bathing waters was introduced in 2015, with councils required to provide information on the more stringent standards during the bathing season, which runs from 15 May to 30 September each year.
Each bathing water beach is given one of the following annual classifications:
Excellent - the highest, cleanest class
Good - generally good water quality
Sufficient - the water meets minimum standards
Poor - the water has not met the minimum standards. Work is planned to improve bathing waters not yet reaching Sufficient.
In South Tyneside, there are two designated bathing waters located at Sandhaven Beach and Marsden Beach. These waters were designated with the classification Excellent and Good respectively for 2016.