The city's two bathing beaches have kept their top ratings for water cleanliness. 

Southsea East and Eastney beaches will have the classification 'excellent' – the highest available – for next year's season, the government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced. 

This is the third year running that Southsea East has had an excellent rating, while Eastney has had the top classification for some time. 

Cllr Steve Pitt, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "It's great to see that our wonderful local beaches have retained their excellent ratings for another year. It's brilliant news for tourism and for local people." 

The water at both sites is tested by the Environment Agency.

Information on bathing water is available at and on signs at beaches.

To help keep our seas clean, the official advice is to:

  • Help avoid blockages by only flushing the 3Ps – pee, poo and paper. Everything else e.g. wet wipes, sanitary products and cotton buds, goes in the bin.
  • Don't pour cooking oils and fat down the sink, as they can cause drain blockages as they set hard. Cool them first then put in the bin.
  • Bag and bin your litter and dog’s mess.