Young people take a dip in Lake Walensee in June 2019. © Keystone / Gian Ehrenzeller
Four out of five Swiss bathing sites met the most stringent“excellent” European Union water quality standard last year. The country has improved its overall position in a comparison survey, but it still remains below the European average.
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In all, 156 of the 189 bathing sites at Swiss lakes and rivers monitored by the European Environment Agency (EEA)External link last year had the EU's highest“excellent” quality, up from 144 in 2019. Also, 13 were qualified as“good” or“sufficient”, and four“poor” – three on Lake Geneva (Villeneuve, Dorigny, near Lausanne, and Coulet, near St Prex) and Clendy on Lake Neuchâtel.
In Switzerland, the water quality in lakes and rivers has improved significantly in recent decades. It is possible to swim almost anywhere without risk to your health.
The number of bathing sites across Europe with“excellent” water quality dipped slightly to 84.7%, the agency found, while the number with“poor” quality rose slightly to a total of 1.6% of all sites.
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