Water Watch Shows Safe Swimming Spots in European Waters
Wondering where it's safe to swim in Europe? An initiative called Eye on Earth - Water Watch created by Microsoft and the European Environment Agency and powered by Bing will help you find out what water you can swim in without wondering if you're going to go home with more than just memories. From Softpedia
Microsoft promised that the latest data introduced to Eye on Earth - Watter Watch was capable of reflecting water quality for the current bathing season. In this regard, the software giant indicated that some samples could have been taken and analyzed just days before the update was introduced to the service. Tourists planning their summer vacation will be able to easily access information on the water quality in no less than 21,000 monitoring locations across Europe.
The very user-friendly tool allows users to search by the EEA's water quality rating, or by user quality ratings, and then drill down for extra info such as historical assessments, or check out - and upload your own - images of the swim spots, or even view web cams set up by the local cities.
The system launched last year, but has newly updated information, and is now powered by Bing versus Live Search.
Microsoft's Rob Bernard states: "By combining environmental data with mapping technologies, it is possible for people to see where changes are happening. Eye on Earth provides people with information which has historically been difficult to find. With this new application, people will be more informed and be able to take appropriate actions to help ensure a cleaner environment."
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