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Beach bathing ban lifted after slurry pollution incident

Officers received the report of suspected slurry in the river and traced it back to a farm Credit: Natural Resources Wales

A ban on swimming at Rhyl beaches has been lifted after concerns over pollution.

Restrictions were put in place on Friday afternoon after Natural Resources Wales confirmed they were dealing with slurry pollution in the Afon Bach river in Denbighshire.

Today the organisation confirmed water quality had improved.

Notices were put up advising people not to bathe in the waters but they have since been removed.

Whilst it's good news for people who want to enjoy the sun this weekend, officers estimate the impact of yesterday's pollution may have killed up to a thousand fish.

Our rivers and bathing waters are important to our local economy, so when pollution happens, it’s important that we act quickly to minimise the damage. Slurry can have a devastating impact on our rivers and the wildlife that depend on it, as we’ve seen here. We continue to work with farmers, and the farming unions, to reduce the chances of incidents like this happening. Farmers concerned about their slurry stores should contact us for advice and guidance about how to reduce the risk of pollution.

– Nick Thomas, Natural Resources Wales said:

Officers from Natural Resources Wales are still on site to monitor the affected areas.