Article 2.3.7.7.1.

1.

The Flanders Environment Agency and the Flemish Agency for Care and Health shall jointly ensure that the following information is actively circulated and promptly made available during the bathing season in an easily accessible place in the immediate vicinity of each body of bathing water:

1

the current bathing water classification and any bathing ban or advice against bathing, by means of a clear and simple sign or symbol;

2

a general description of the bathing water, in non-technical language, based on the bathing water profile stated in Section 4 of Part II of Appendix 2.3.3;

3

in the case of bathing waters subject to short-term pollution:

a)

notification that the bathing water is subject to short-term pollution;

b)

an indication of the number of days on which bathing was banned or advised against in the previous bathing season because of such pollution;

c)

a warning whenever such pollution is predicted or present;

4

information on the nature and duration of abnormal situations during such events;

5

in the case of a bathing ban or advice against bathing: a warning sign for the public indicating the reasons;

6

when introducing a permanent bathing ban or permanent advice against bathing: the fact that the area in question is no longer bathing water, and the reasons for this;

7

a reference to sources with more complete information in accordance with 2.

2.

The Flanders Environment Agency and the Flemish Agency for Care and Health shall use appropriate media and technologies, including the internet, to actively and promptly circulate the information concerning bathing water quality stated in 1, as well as the following information, and, when necessary, in several languages:

1

a list of bathing waters;

2

the classification of each bathing water over the last three years and its bathing water profile, including the results of monitoring carried out in accordance with this Section since the last classification;

3

in the case of bathing waters classified as being “poor”, information on the causes of pollution and on the measures taken with a view to preventing bathers’ exposure to pollution and to tackle its causes as stated in Article 2.3.7.3.4;

4

in the case of bathing waters subject to short-term pollution, general information on:

a)

conditions that are likely to lead to short-term pollution;

b)

the risk of such pollution and the probable duration;

c)

the causes of the pollution and the measures taken with a view to preventing bathers’ exposure to pollution and to tackle its causes.

The list stated in 1 shall be made available each year before the start of the bathing season. The results of the monitoring stated in 2 shall be made available on the internet upon completion of the analyses.

3.

The information stated in 1 and 2 shall be circulated as soon as it is available and with effect from the start of the fifth bathing season after 24 March 2008.

4.

The Flanders Environment Agency and the Flemish Agency for Care and Health shall, wherever possible, provide information to the public using geo-referenced technology and present it in a clear and coherent manner, in particular through the use of signs and symbols.