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Water quality fails tests in four areas

Sea water in four places in the North West have failed to meet european water quality standards according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs(DEFRA).

Allonby, Fleetwood, St Annes, Seascale fell below the Bathing Water Directive standards.

Defra says the main sources of pollution are sewage and animal waste washed into water, particularly during rainfall.


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The Hadrian's Cycleway runs from Ravenglass to Tyneside and links in to the C2C route to Wearside.

The new four mile section, between Maryport and Allonby, will take cyclists on a safer route alongside the coast road.

Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council.

Allonby beach fails water quality test

Allonby south beach in west Cumbria has failed a water quality test.

The figures released by Defra show the water quality does not meet the minimum European water quality standard.

It's thought the unusually wet summer has contributed to the problem.

Dan Bond is the Bathing Waters Manager from the Environment Agency, he said:

"Heavy rainfall washes animal wastes from field and causes storm sewage overflows to operate. This contributed to six of the North Wests designated bathing waters failing to meet the mandatory standards under the current Bathing Waters Directive."

– Dan Bond, Environment Agency

The figures show that 93% of England's bathing waters met the minimum water quality standard and more than 58% met the high standard. Defra say that bathing water quality in the north west has improved significantly over the last twenty years but add this very wet year shows more needs to be done.

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