...By Larry John for TDPel Media.
With summer just around the corner, many people are looking forward to enjoying a refreshing swim in the water.
However, an interactive map shows that 12 of the 421 official bathing spots designated by the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs in England are too polluted for people to swim in.
The Environment Agency regularly checks the water quality at each location to ensure they are safe for public use.
The 12 sites where it’s advised against bathing include Blackpool North and Weston-super-Mare, which are popular beaches, and the river Wharfe in Ilkley, which was featured in the Paul Whitehouse documentary, “Our Troubled Rivers”.
People can use the interactive map to identify these sites and avoid them.
Additionally, two sites have been closed, while another nine have been delisted as official bathing spots since 2016.
These actions were taken due to poor water quality, highlighting the importance of regular water quality checks.
The interactive map serves as a useful tool for people planning to go for a swim this summer.
By highlighting the 12 polluted bathing spots in England, people can avoid exposing themselves to potentially harmful water.
It’s important to note that the Environment Agency regularly checks the water quality at each location to ensure they are safe for public use.
The closures and delistings of certain bathing spots also demonstrate the government’s commitment to protecting the public from poor water quality.
However, more needs to be done to address the issue of water pollution and improve water quality overall.
This includes promoting sustainable practices that prevent pollution and encouraging responsible waste management.