Ultimo March 2006 Copenhagen municipality received the European Environmental Management Award. The award was given for long-term holistic environmental planning and introduction of a state-of-the-art bathing water forecast.
Swimming in Copenhagen harbour in the centre of the city has been safe since 2002. Clean and safe bathing water is the result of a long-term environmental planning and willingness to spend hundreds of millions DKK.
The long-term planning has during the last 10 years more than halved the amount of sewage water discharged and still reductions take place. Today the main cause of problems with the bathing water quality is short-term pollutions (less than 72 hours). To ensure safe swimming the City EPA therefore decided to introduce the DHI Bathing Water System. With this tool the City can provide early warnings of the water quality and close the Harbour Basins when human health is at risk.
DHI Bathing Water System is a state-of-the-art technology accounting for incidences of pollutions and the fate in the environment. The tool provide real-time information on health risks to water managers and the public.
Copenhagen Harbour, History of water quality