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Bathing water standards to be debated

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 13, 2013

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Public meetings will take place in South East Cornwall this weekend to discuss the quality of bathing water in the region.

On Saturday, March 16, meetings will take place at the Rusty Bucket Café in East Looe between 10am and 1pm and at the Downderry Working Men's Club in Seaton from 2.30pm and 5.30pm.

In 2015 bathing waters will need to meet much tougher standards under the new European Bathing Water Directive. In preparation, the Environment Agency is organising a series of community events to highlight how everyone has a part to play in improving bathing water quality.

The Environment Agency warns that out of the 193 beaches in the South West monitored during the bathing water season, approximately 20 might fall short of the new standards.

Jonathan Ponting, bathing water project manager for the Environment Agency in the South West said: "Bathing water quality has improved significantly over the past two decades, but more needs to be done by water companies, businesses, farmers, local authorities and communities to help at risk bathing waters pass the new standards."

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