WISE Bathing Water Directive data request 2019

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

From: Maja Feder, DG ENV and Peter Kristensen, EEA


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 2019 at your earliest convenience but not later than 31 December 2019. 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 2019.

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 the BWD reporting as well as the  Guidelines for assessment under the Bathing Water Directive 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 bwd.helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu.

In addition, we would kindly like to ask you to provide information on the bathing sites classified as ‘poor’ in 2018 by filling in the table in Excel format with the following columns. A prefilled template of the Excel sheet is available 2018 bathing water with poor quality.zip.

Country Code

Monitoring Site Identifier

Bathing Water Name

Bathing Water Category: inland or coastal

Link to the bathing water profile

Number of bathing seasons the bathing site has been classified as 'poor' including 2018

Was the bathing prohibition or advice against bathing in place during the 2019 bathing season: yes or no

Comments (optional)


















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
  • Monitoring and Classification of Bathing Waters – obligation 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 2019 can be redelivered and updated into the corresponding folder. The folders with the suffix “- 2019” will facilitate the revised BWD reporting (ROD obligations 787 and 788) which is still under development and will become operational and ready for reporting in the upcoming weeks.

Automatic quality check (QA)

Once your spreadsheets have been uploaded, an automatic QA/QC procedure will 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 (new) 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 reporting. A further level of manual data quality checks will be carried out by the ETC/ICM once the 2019 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 - 2018. 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 national water 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 identifiers is provided on EIONET vocabulary webpage.

Bathing water profiles

We would also like to ask you to report hyperlinks to document or web pages with the bathing water profile established in accordance with Article 6 and Annex III of BWD into “ManMeas” field within BWD reporting template. The most direct URL connection is preferable. Complete URLs should be reported (e.g.: http://www.link1.com).

Bathing water locations for the season 2020

We also invite you to specify all the waters identified as bathing waters for the season 2020, 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 2020 locations by the beginning of the bathing season 2020 into the Central Data Repository into a separate folder for 2020 reporting (http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/{Country_code}/eu/bwd/bwd_532).

Revision of BWD reporting

In parallel, the revision of BWD reporting is being prepared to support more automated data management and assessment that is foreseen with the Reportnet 3.0 concept. For that reason the new reporting templates and data dictionary have been developed and new reporting obligations opened. Since revised reporting will eventually replace the existing one, Member States are encouraged to use the revised reporting already in 2019.

The EIONET Central Data Repository (CDR) will enable revised reporting for the following reporting obligations:

  • Identification of Bathing Waters - 2019 – obligation 788
  • Monitoring and Classification of Bathing Waters - 2019 obligation 787

Member States will be informed when ROD 787 will be fully operational in advance and will receive all supporting documentation.

To help and guide the bathing water reporting EEA will  organise a Webinar on Tuesday 19. November 11:00 – 12:00 CET. Further information on the Webinar will be provided in the beginning of November. 


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 bwd.helpdesk@eionet.europa.eu.

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


Maja Feder
European Commission, DG ENV

Peter Kristensen
European Environment Agency