83 British Beaches fail on water quality

1 in 7 British beaches are so polluted with litter and sewage they are unsafe for swimming

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A total of 83 beaches in Britain have failed the European Commission’s mandatory minimum water quality standard. This equates to 1 in 7 of British beaches where pollution could cause upset stomachs or ear infections for swimmers.

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The Marine Conservation Society who publish the annual Good Beach Guide, has urged authorities to upgrade sewage pipes and crack down on chemical run-off from farms.

Beaches that have failed to comply with the water standard include Rock in Cornwall, a favourite of Price William and other royals, Paignton Sands in Devon and the main beach at Weston super Mare.

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