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Rhyl beach fails water quality test

Published date: 14 November 2012 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall
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THERE is concern about the quality of bathing water quality at one of Rhyl’s beaches.

The summer washout has been blamed for Rhyl Central Beach failing its water quality test.

The tourist hotspot, which has in the past received a Seaside Award, is one of three beaches in Wales, along with Criccieth and Llandudno, that failed the Environment Agency’s bathing water quality tests.

Leader of Denbighshire Council, Cllr Hugh Evans, said: “We are naturally concerned and disappointed that in 2012, Rhyl’s normally good bathing water quality has dropped, and we will be pressing for action to improve the position in the long term.

“The Environment Agency and the council will commence making daily predictions of bathing water quality next summer to provide reassurance to bathers that the water is of a good quality to use when they want to enjoy the lovely beach in Rhyl.

“We must emphasise that these readings are no reflection whatsoever on the quality of the actual beaches.”

Denbighshire County Council will meet representatives of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Environment Agency to see what can be done to improve bathing water quality in the area.

Under the new Bathing Water Directive, Denbighshire County Council has a duty to inform the public of the standard of bathing water.

Environment Agency Wales Director, Chris Mills, said that extra resources would be allocated to help tackle water pollution across Wales ahead of more stringent testing in the future.

“Bathing waters in Wales have improved dramatically over the last 20 years, but disappointingly, the results this year have been affected by the heavy rain this summer.

“These standards are set to become more stringent in the future, which is why we are investing our resources to trace the sources of pollution and continue to advise Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, farmers and homeowners on how they can help improve bathing waters in Wales.”

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