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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Beaches to get early pollution warnings

SWIMMERS are being warned when the quality of Copeland’s bathing beaches are not suitable for taking a dip.

By Andrew Clarke

Copeland Council has signed up to the Environment Agency’s short-term pollution notification system for its four designated bathing beaches of St Bees, Seascale, Haverigg and Silecroft.

Under the scheme, the EA will contact Copeland on a daily basis to warn of suspected poor water quality due to heavy rainfall in the area.

The council, as the bathing water controller, must then display a ‘do not swim’ notice by 10am that day, and remove the signs when the incident has passed. The scheme runs throughout the bathing season until September.

Peter Kane, Copeland’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “This has the aim of ensuring the best possible results for our designated bathing beaches.

“High rainfall can result in significant amount of water run-off from fields, increasing bacterial levels in the water.

“If samples are taken close to the time of the rainfall, bacterial levels will be high and the water quality poor.”

Have your say

Early pollution warning for everything EXCEPT radioactive pollution? The Good Beach award from the Marine Conservation Society and the safe Beach award by Keep Britain Tidy do NOT INCLUDE radioactive pollution as a criteria in spite of increasing alpha, beta and gamma radioactive particle finds. Young children and pregnant mothers are most at risk. People should have the right to know how many particles have been found and retrieved from the beaches and exactly what the health risks are should a radioactive particle be ingested by a pregnant mother or young child. The nuclear beach monitors, fully grown adults, retrieving radioactive particles are tested regularly ... urine samples are taken. Higher than normal findings of radioactive isotopes have been found in the urine of nuclear beach monitors but discounted by the authorities as "contaminated samples" . Good news that the public are being protected from sewage bacteria ...But Bad News they are not being protected from PU

Posted by Marianne on 4 July 2014 at 21:47

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