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Beach goers warned over water quality following recent weather

Beach goers planning a trip out this weekend are being advised to take care following the recent heavy rainfall.

With surface run off from agricultural land and overflow from the drainage system reducing the water quality of many streams across Cornwall, the council’s Public Health and Protection Team is reminding bathers to be aware of the impact on the county’s beaches.

At Perranporth, in particular, the team is warning people to avoid the two streams crossing the beach.

The quality of water in the streams that cross beaches may not be the same as the sea, and freshwater steams can sometimes contain more bacteria than sea water, particularly after heavy rain.

If you come into contact with stream water, avoid hand to mouth contact and wash your hands thoroughly as soon as possible.

Water users should be aware that storm water ingress into the sea can also have a detrimental effect on the quality of sea water.

– Kevin Brader, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Cornwall Council

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