Better information for beach-goers

By a County Press reporter

Friday, May 23, 2014


Better information for beach-goers

Beachgoers on the Isle of Wight will have more information

VISITORS to some of the Isle of Wight’s award-winning beaches will be able to find out more about bathing water quality thanks to new notifications.

The additional bathing water information has been introduced by the Isle of Wight Council to beaches at Cowes, Gurnard, Ryde, St Helens and Shanklin, in line with new European Union requirements.

A council spokesman said: "From this month (May) it has become a requirement to provide additional information 'Short Term Pollution Warnings’ so the public can make an informed decision whether to bathe or not.

"Prior to this month, and continuing in addition to the new warnings, the Isle of Wight Council has displayed weekly sampling results at each beach location, as well as on the council website

"The new warnings are based on daily pollution risk predictions from the Environment Agency, which monitors the daily rainfall and issues a warning when the rainfall exceeds the amount considered to adversely affect water quality."

Executive member for public protection Cllr Phil Jordan said: "This extra water quality information from the Environment Agency will prove valuable for bathers and other beach users and will contribute to our beaches qualifying for quality beach status.

"As in the past, there is also information about weekly sampling results, both at the beaches and on the website."


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by matthew eldridge

27th May 2014, at 09:15:48

totally agree david

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by David Kay

23rd May 2014, at 22:44:57

Would be even better if beach-goers took their rubbish with them instead of leaving it on the beach.

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