ETC/ICM data call: WISE Bathing Water Directive data request 2018

To: Nominated reporters for the Bathing Water Directive
      Environment Attachés of Permanent Representations

Cc: Water Directors of EU28 Member States
      Eionet National Focal Points
      WISE national reporting coordinators

Dear Colleague,

As per Art. 13 of the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC you are invited to provide your national bathing water data for the reporting period 2018 at your earliest convenience but not later than 31 December 2018. Member States are expected to report monitoring results for Intestinal enterococci and Escherichia coli, as well as management measures as implemented in the bathing season 2018.

For the reporting obligation 531 ‘BWD - Monitoring and Classification of Bathing Waters’ , Reportnet reporting templates for xls or xml files can be downloaded from the Data Dictionary for the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC where explanations for all fields are also provided. These templates enable an automatic QC procedure. Please use these most recent templates as they include changes made to the Data Dictionary.

General information on the CDR and its use is available on the public web-page. Likewise, the guidelines on How to use Reportnet for BWD reporting for the bathing season 2018 as well as the Guidelines for assessment under the Bathing Water Directive and reporting for the 2018 bathing season can be found on the same website.

Should you require support at the national level in your work with Reportnet, please contact your Eionet National Focal Point. Reporting permissions are to be communicated between WISE national reporting coordinators and

Data delivery

All data files should be uploaded to the Central Data Repository (CDR). Note that two separate BWD folders have been prepared in order to separate deliveries of two different reporting obligations:

  • Identification of Bathing Waters – obligation 532{Country_code}/eu/bwd/bwd_532/
  • Monitoring and Classification of Bathing Waters – obligation 531{Country_code}/eu/bwd/bwd_531/ 

Please upload the monitoring and classification data into the corresponding folder. If needed, the inventory of identified bathing waters as reported by the beginning of the bathing season 2018 can be redelivered and updated into the corresponding folder.

Automatic quality check (QA)

Once your spreadsheets have been uploaded, an automatic QA/QC procedure should be run and a list of errors will be automatically shown. We kindly request that you check the results, correct issues (if any), redeliver corrected data and release the envelope (completing the task). Once the envelope is released, it is marked as an official delivery and the specific file cannot be changed anymore; data updates, corrections and re-submissions can always be delivered via a separate envelope which enables clear and automated tracking of delivery versions in the database. The deliveries that are not released cannot be processed in the system and are therefore treated/perceived as not officially delivered. You can find a description of how to import data into CDR, run automatic QA, redeliver and release the envelope in the document How to use Reportnet for BWD. A further level of manual data quality checks will be carried out by the ETC/ICM once the 2018 bathing season data has been released.

Consistency of identification codes of bathing waters

Please pay attention to identification codes of bathing waters (BWID, NumInd = AccessKey) and provide a table of the new codes and corresponding old codes in case of code changes. Failing this, the code changes might result in duplicated bathing waters (i.e. the same bathing water is listed twice, with the old and the new code). To assure consistency of identification codes of bathing waters please check national BWID codes from the previous bathing season stored at the EEA water website stored as Bathing Water Directive - Status 1990 - 2017. Linking the data of the old and the new codes enables for continuous time series and correct assessment under the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC based on 4-year assessment periods.

You are also welcome to report WFD water body codes and names for each bathing water. The same codes should be used as in the latest dataset/update of water bodies provided to the EC under reporting for the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The spatial data of nationalwater bodies as reported for WFD is available on the EEA webpage and WISE - Spatial Data (WISE-5) restricted area. List of WFD surface water body identifiersWFD surface water body identifiers is provided on EIONET vocabulary webpage.

Bathing water profiles

We would also like to ask you to report website links (URLs) of national/regional bathing water portals as well as links of bathing water profiles into “ManMeas” field within BWD reporting template of the Data Dictionary. The most direct URL connection is preferable. Complete URLs should be reported (e.g.: Since some links in the previous seasons were not reported with complete URL, they did not work properly in the interactive map viewer. For this reason we kindly ask you to ensure that complete URLs are reported.

Bathing water locations for the season 2019

We also invite you to specify all the waters identified as bathing waters for the season 2019, as per Article 13.2 of the Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC. Following the reporting obligation 532 ‘Bathing Water Directive - Identification of Bathing Waters’, please upload the list of your 2019 locations by the beginning of the bathing season 2019 into the Central Data Repository into a separate folder for 2019 reporting: 

Helpdesk service and support

In case of login problems or any other technical difficulties encountered with Eionet web services, please contact Eionet Helpdesk. 
For questions related to the content of the data requested, please contact ETC/ICM bathing water team at

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and look forward to your replies.

Maja Dorota Feder
European Commission, DG ENV

Peter Kristensen
European Environment Agency