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Data set name

Malta Bathing Water Quality Monitoring

Data holding centreDepartment for Environmental Health (Environmental Health Unit)
CountryMalta  Malta
Time periodMay 1996 - October 1996 May 1997 - October 1997 May 1998 - October 1998 May 1999 - October 1999 May 2000 - October 2000 May 2001 - October 2001 May 2002 - October 2002 May 2003 - October 2003
OngoingNo
Geographical area

XGHAJRA MARSASCALA ST. THOMAS BAY MARSAXLOKK B BUGIA WIED IZ-ZURRIEQ GHAR LAPSI BAHAR IC-CAGHAQ PEMBROKE ST. GEORGES BAY ST. JULIANS ST. JULIANS SPINOLA BAY BALLUTA BAY SLIEMA GNEJNA GHAJN TUFFIEHA GOLDEN BAY ANCHOR BAY CIRKEWWA ARMIER LITTLE ARMIER MELLIEHA BAY MISTRA BAY ST. PAULS BAY BUGIBBA QAWRA SALINI SOUTHERN GOZO XLENDI DWEJRA MARSALFORN NADUR AREA SOUTH EAST GOZO COMINO

Observations 
Parameters

Bacteria environmental parameters

Description 
Summary

This programme, (also carried out in collaboration with the Regional Health Inspectors and the Public Health Laboratory) ran on a regular weekly basis from the 3rd Week of May to the 3rd Week of October (the official bathing season for Malta). Throughout this period, 87 official bathing sites were monitored. All sites are monitored for Faecal Coliforms every week and once every fortnight all sites are monitored for Total Coliforms (as per EU Directive for Bathing Water) and Faecal Streptococci. If the bathing water quality is found to be of risk to bathers, this unit issues health warnings, identifying the localities where bathing would be temporarily not recommended. Samples from these effected sites are collected on a daily basis until three consecutive results within the recommended levels of microbial counts. At the end of the bathing season data analysis on all sample results is carried out for site classification as required both by the Barcelona Interim Criteria for the Mediterranean Sea and the EU Directive for Bathing Water. This unit publishes a detailed annual report with all the respective information and data analysis. Areas covered: Xghajra, Marsascala, St. Thomas Bay, Marsaxlokk, B Bugia,Wied Iz-Zurrieq, Ghar Lapsi, Bahar Ic-Caghaq, Pembroke, St. Georges Bay St. Julians, St. Julians, Spinola Bay, Balluta Bay, Sliema, Gnejna, Ghajn Tuffieha, Golden Bay, Anchor Bay, Cirkewwa, Armier, Little Armier, Mellieha Bay, Mistra Bay, St. Pauls Bay, Bugibba, Qawra, Salini, Southern Gozo, Xlendi, Dwejra, Marsalforn, Nadur Area, South East Gozo, Comino.

OriginatorsDepartment for Environmental Health (Environmental Health Unit)
Data web sitehttp://www.health.gov.mt/dph/Public%20Health%20EHU_files/EHU%20Bathing%20Areas%20Monitoring%20Programme.htm
Availability 
OrganisationDepartment for Environmental Health (Environmental Health Unit)
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactMr. Charles Bonnici
Address

Department for Environmental Health (Environmental Health Unit)
37-39,
Msida

MSD 1368
Malta

Telephone(+356) 21-803222
Facsimile(+356) 21344767
Emailcharles.bonnici@gov.mt
Administration 
Collating centreInternational Ocean Institute - Malta Operational Centre (University Of Malta) / Physical Oceanography Unit
Local identifier45005001
Global identifier513
Last revised2009-03-16