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Warning signs may be needed to warn about contaminated beaches

13th September 2010 | Health and Safety Signs, Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

Permanent warning signs may have to be installed at Scottish beaches after 17 of them were found to be dangerously contaminated with sewage.

According to the Sunday Herald, preliminary results show that four waters failed sewage limits and 13 have recorded one sample exceeding the safety limits in 2010.

The pollution is caused by sewers overflowing and animal faeces that is washed onto beaches by rain. Stomach, skin and ear infections can all result, and, in extreme cases, death.

Campaigners are frustrated that beaches are still failing despite efforts to improve standards stretching back 30 years. Andy Cummins, director of Surfers Against Sewage, told the newspaper it was "astounding" sites were failing.

"We are concerned that many Scottish bathing waters will have to post permanent signage warning against bathing due to poor water quality," he added. Mr Cummins called for more investment to drive the quality of the sewage system.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said the pollution was caused by excessively bad weather.


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