Bathing Water Data : 2017

Portobello (West)

Poor
Portobello (West)
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Number of samples taken : 15
Date Escherichia coli
(cfu/100ml)
Intestinal enterococci
(cfu/100ml)
17 May 2017 <10 <10
06 Jun 2017 8000 4200
This high result is considered to be due to torrential rainfall in the area prior to the sample being taken. Our electronic signage system correctly forecast poor bathing water quality on this day.
12 Jun 2017 10 30
19 Jun 2017 40 30
21 Jun 2017 350 40
26 Jun 2017 140 50
04 Jul 2017 250 <10
06 Jul 2017 1700 470
10 Jul 2017 990 900
Rainfall is thought to have flushed bacteria into the bathing water. Poor water quality was advised on the day by SEPA’s electronic sign at the beach.
17 Jul 2017 80 50
26 Jul 2017 8300 8500
Prolonged rainfall resulted in high bacteria concentrations at Portobello (West). Poor water quality was advised on the day by SEPA’s electronic sign at the beach.
31 Jul 2017 <10 <10
02 Aug 2017 10 40
09 Aug 2017 460 130
16 Aug 2017 170 150


Historical record

2015/16
Poor
2016/17
Poor

Results explained

The annual bathing water classification is determined using statistics calculated from results taken over the previous four years. The water quality indicators we test for are the bacteria E Coli (EC) and intestinal enterococci (IE). The statistics take account of both the average value and the range of values in the four year dataset.

Single sample results above 500 EC and 200 IE are indicative that water was of low quality when the sample was taken. For inland waters the low quality boundaries are higher at 1000 EC and 400 IE.