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The quality of bathing water in Ibiza improved slightly in 2022

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The quality of bathing water in Ibiza improved slightly in 2022

Last year there were significantly fewer episodes of faecal contamination compared to the previous year according to IbizaPreservation’s Sustainability Observatory

Ibiza, 28-04-22 – 2022 saw a slight improvement in the quality of Ibiza’s bathing waters according to data analysed by the Water Alliance for the 2022 Ibiza Sustainability Report, which is currently being prepared by the IbizaPreservation Sustainability Observatory. According to data obtained from the Balearic Government and the Ministry of Health, last year there were 21 bathing areas classified as “excellent”, one more than in 2021. Niu Blau beach in Santa Eulalia was added to the sampling points last year with excellent water quality, while Cala Xuclar is no longer monitored.

The beaches which recorded a fall in the quality of bathing water are Cala Bassa, going from “excellent” to “good” and Portinatx, which went from “good” to “sufficient”. Meanwhile Cala Pada improved from “good” to “excellent”. The remaining bathing sites remained unchanged.

Another positive, according to Itziar Arratibel, coordinator of the IbizaPreservation Sustainability Observatory, is that the number of episodes of contamination by faecal bacteria also fell in 2022 compared to 2021. “Last year, samples were taken at 41 different bathing sites; of these, 4 registered values higher than those legally permitted due to contamination by faecal bacteria,” explained Arratibel, maintaining that despite this, the data constitutes a, “notable improvement, as in 2021 there were 20 episodes at 13 different sites.” For this reason, throughout the summer of 2022, bathing was discouraged at Playa des Pouet, in the centre of the Bay of San Antonio and at Santa Eulalia’s town beach, as well as at S’Illot in San Juan.

The quality of Ibiza’s bathing water has fallen steadily and significantly since 2010, when all waters sampled were classified as “excellent”; however, this decrease has only been registered in 48.8% of the sampling points.

The coordinator of the Observatory explained that, “This qualitative decrease in bathing water at municipal level does not present uniformly.” According to Arratibel, in the case of the municipality of Ibiza, the quality has worsened at the 3 sampling points located on the Talamanca beach and in Figueretas. Meanwhile, in San Antonio the quality fell in 5 of the 6 locations sampled. Of these, 3 are in the Bay area, 2 with “sufficient” quality and one point with “good” quality; In addition, in Playa des Pouet, in Cala Gració and in Caló des Moro the quality was “good”; while Cala Salada maintained its “excellent” rating.

In Santa Eulalia, there are 3 bathing areas that have dropped in quality the last 12 years: the urban beaches of Rio and Santa Eulalia, and the beach of Cala Llonga have all gone from “excellent” to “good”. Likewise, in the sampled areas of the municipality of Sant Juan, the water quality has worsened at 4 sampling points: in the Port of San Miguel and Benirràs the quality has become “good”, while in s’Arenal and Portinatx it has dropped to “sufficient”. Finally, in San José, the decline occurred at 5 sampling points: Playa des Pinet, San Antonio Bay, Port des Torrent, Cala Bassa and Cala Vedella, all rated in 2022 as “good”.

The Sustainability Observatory welcomed the slight improvement compared to 2021, but insisted that the goal should be for all bathing waters on the island of Ibiza to once again become “excellent”, not only to guarantee the health of the people enjoying these waters, but above all, to ensure the optimal state of marine biodiversity, which is negatively affected by the water degradation seen since 2010.