Definition: Bathing water
All running or still fresh waters or parts thereof and sea water, in which:
- bathing is explicitly authorized by the competent authorities of each Member State, or
- bathing is not prohibited and is traditionally practised by a large number of bathers.
European Union, Council Directive 76/160/EEC of 8 December 1975 concerning the quality of bathing waters (Official Journal of the European Communities No L 031, 05/02/1976, p. 1)