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All Cornish Beaches Pass Water Quality Tests

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11:18am 8th November 2011

A record number of Cornish beaches meet bathing water targets, but there are fears some still are not clean enough.

All passed the minimum standards.

But Seaton and Porthluney only managed basic passes.

New rules due in four years time could mean swimming is banned.


Richard Gilpin from Southwest Water says new tougher checks are just four years away...

“They wouldn't currently pass. But, nonetheless it's great results this year in terms of the current monitoring that's going on and the standards. There is a little bit of work still to do on one or two beaches in Cornwall to make sure we do hit the right standard for 2015"

He says work is already happening at Seaton:

I'm pleased to say it has improved this year, having failed in 2010. And that's a kind of beach where we would be working with the Environment Agency, looking at what's happening to our assets as well as all those other issues that can affect a bathing beach. But, the Environment Agency lead in that and we will just be supporting in those instances"

11:18am 8th November 2011

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