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Resorts have seen an increase in sewage levels and a report out today says that heavy rain and flooding are to blame. Out of almost 100 beaches along the South coast only a THIRD achieved the minimum water quality standards. Three beaches in Dorset failed. Andrew Pate reports.
The water quality of beaches across the region has come under scrutiny as part of the newly published Good Beach Guide. In Sussex, 15 out of the 28 beaches surveyed were found to have highest standards of water quality. In Kent, 25 out of 30 fell in the highest category. Andrea Thomas explains.
The drop in quality is being blamed on last year's wet summer. The Marine Conservation Society says "the likely cause is the increased amount of bacteria and viruses washed into our seas during heavy rain followed by flooding.
"The problem with this type of pollution is that you can't actually see it and the concern is that people are continuing to spend time in the sea without realising the dangers of what may be lurking in the waves and which could lead to ear, nose and throat infections and gastroenteritis."
The Marine Conservation Society says water quality at our beaches has dropped. In the annual Good Beach Guide, which looks at bathing water quality, fewer beaches passed - and others dropped a classification.
The latest Good Beach Guide is published today - and although there are no fails in the Meridian region, a number of our beaches have slipped down.