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Bathing Waters

Aberdeen Beach looking North Aberdeen has an extensive sandy beach which is approximately 4km long.  An area of Aberdeen Beach has been classified as 'designated bathing water' under The Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008 and Amendment Regulations 2012.  There is a potential threat to water quality at Aberdeen's designated bathing water from surface water urban drainage, agricultural run off, storm water sewage overflows and direct treated sewage arising from rainfall driven short term pollution events.  These events are expected to last 1-2 days depending on the duration of the rainfall and may result in elevated bacteria levels compared to dry weather conditions.

During the bathing season (1 June to 15 September), an electronic message sign displays SEPA's daily water quality prediction and
signage. This is located adjacent to Aberdeen Beach.

SEPA Bathing Waters sign on Aberdeen Beach-front Reporting pollution

To report a possible pollution incident,   contact SEPA's 24 hour pollution hotline:
0800 807060

For beach cleaning and litter pollution, contact:

  • Aberdeen City Council
    Communities, Housing and Infrastructure
    Environmental Services.
    38 Powis Terrace
    Kittybrewster
    Aberdeen,
    AB25 3RF
  • Tel: 08456 08 09 19
    Fax: 01224 489270

Additional sources of information

Contacts

  • Environmental Health and Trading Standards
    Communities, Housing and Infrastructure
    Business Hub 15
    3rd Floor South
    Marischal College
    Broad Street
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1AB
    Phone: 03000 200 292
    Fax: 01224 523 887
    Email: poll@aberdeencity.gov.uk