BATHING WATER QUALITY (Directive 2006/7/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 February 2006 concerning the management of bathing water quality and repealing Directive 76/160/EEC) (Section 2.3.3, Section 2.3.7, Article and Part II of Appendix 2.3.3)

1 “surface water”: inland waters, with the exception of groundwater, transitional water and coastal waters;

2 “inland water”: all standing or flowing water on the surface of the land and all groundwater on the landward side of the baseline from which the breadth of territorial waters is measured;

3 “transitional waters”: bodies of surface water in the vicinity of river mouths which are partly saline in character as a result of proximity to coastal waters but which are substantially influenced by freshwater flows;

4 “coastal water”: surface waters, located on the landward side of the baseline from which the breadth of territorial waters is measured, extending if necessary to the outer limit of transitional waters;

5 “river basin”: the area of land from which all water running over the surface flows, via a series of streams, rivers or lakes, into the sea via a river mouth, estuary or delta;

6 “permanent”: in relation to a bathing prohibition or advice against bathing, lasting at least one whole bathing season;

7 "large number": in relation to bathers, a number which, at the time of designation as bathing water in accordance with the provisions of this Order, is considered to be large, having regard to past trends or to any infrastructure or facilities provided, or other measures taken to promote bathing;

8 "pollution": the presence of microbiological contamination or other organisms or waste affecting bathing water quality and presenting a risk to bathers' health stated in Articles, and and Article 1, 1, column A of Part II of Appendix 2.3.3;

9 “bathing season”: the period during which large numbers of bathers can be expected;

10 “management measures”: the following measures undertaken with respect to bathing water:


establishing and maintaining a bathing water profile;


establishing a monitoring calendar;


monitoring bathing water;


assessing bathing water quality;


classifying bathing water;


identifying and assessing causes of pollution that might affect bathing waters and impair bathers’ health


giving information to the public;


taking action to prevent bathers’ exposure to pollution;


taking action to reduce the risk of pollution;

11 "short-term pollution": microbiological contamination, as stated in Article 1, 1, column A of Part II of Appendix 2.3.3, that has clearly identifiable causes, is not normally expected to affect bathing water quality for more than approximately 72 hours after the bathing water quality is first affected and for which the Flanders Environment Agency has established procedures to predict and deal with in accordance with Article 4, of Part II of Appendix 2.3.3;

12 “abnormal situation”: an event or combination of events impacting on bathing water quality at the location concerned and not expected to occur on average more than once every four years;

13 “set of bathing water quality data”: data obtained in accordance with Article 2 of Part II of Appendix 2.3.3;

14 "bathing water quality assessment": the process of evaluating bathing water quality according to the assessment method stated in Article 4 of Part II of Appendix 2.3.3;

15 “cyanobacterial proliferation”: an accumulation of cyanobacteria in the form of a bloom, mat or scum.