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Table 1

Public bathing areas sampled in the summer of 2013 in central and western parts of Finland

Sampling siteType of bathing areaEstimated number of bathers/day during the bathing seasonBathing water classificationaIdentified risks for water quality in the bathing water profileBeach facilitiesNumber of samples
Inland EU bathing area >100 Excellent Runoffs through a nearby stream, waterfowl Sandy beach, toilets, waste bins 
Inland EU bathing area Up to 400 Sufficient Sewage overflow from a pumping station through rain water pumping station, waterfowl Sandy beach, toilets, park around the beach 
Inland EU bathing area Up to 1,350 Good Cyanobacteria due to the eutrophication, sewage overflows from pumping stations, sewage effluents, runoff from rain water system Two sandy beaches, toilet, wide parks, playground, tennis court 
Coastal EU bathing area >100 Poor Waterfowl (gulls), scattered loading, sewage overflows from pumping stations Sandy beach, toilets, waste bins, camping area beside, different activities for users 
Coastal small national bathing area Not available Not available Profile not available. Dense aquatic vegetation in a shallow bay reported, runoffs from nearby streams, waterfowl and sewage discharges Not available 
Sampling siteType of bathing areaEstimated number of bathers/day during the bathing seasonBathing water classificationaIdentified risks for water quality in the bathing water profileBeach facilitiesNumber of samples
Inland EU bathing area >100 Excellent Runoffs through a nearby stream, waterfowl Sandy beach, toilets, waste bins 
Inland EU bathing area Up to 400 Sufficient Sewage overflow from a pumping station through rain water pumping station, waterfowl Sandy beach, toilets, park around the beach 
Inland EU bathing area Up to 1,350 Good Cyanobacteria due to the eutrophication, sewage overflows from pumping stations, sewage effluents, runoff from rain water system Two sandy beaches, toilet, wide parks, playground, tennis court 
Coastal EU bathing area >100 Poor Waterfowl (gulls), scattered loading, sewage overflows from pumping stations Sandy beach, toilets, waste bins, camping area beside, different activities for users 
Coastal small national bathing area Not available Not available Profile not available. Dense aquatic vegetation in a shallow bay reported, runoffs from nearby streams, waterfowl and sewage discharges Not available 

Characteristics of the bathing area are reported by the local health protection authorities (Valvira 2015).

aThe classification excellent > good > sufficient > poor is based on based on quality results in 2009–2012.

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