Whitby passes beach test

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LOCAL beaches, including Whitby’s, have the cleanest bathing water in the country according to a Marine Conservation Society’s recent survey.

The society tested the water quality in sixty-four beaches in the North East and recommended 53 of them for their excellent water quality.

The tests are done annually and this year the figure amounted to thirteen per cent more than last year. It was the highest since the guide began 25 years ago.

In addition to Whitby beach, those tested at Robin Hood’s Bay, Sandsend and Runswick Bay were all rated as having excellent water quality.

During the bathing season from mid-May to September samples are taken weekly and tested for bacteria from sewage and animal waste.

Rachel Wyatt, the MCS coastal pollution officer said: “We still need more investment from water companies to ensure increased monitoring of combined sewer overflows.

“After heavy rain untreated sewage is diverted from overloaded sewers and treatment works and is discharged directly into rivers and coastal waters.

“It’s vital improvements are made and we urge bathers to check online in order to maintain pressure on water companies, environmental regulators and local councils to tackle sources of bathing water pollution and vote with their feet by bathing at beaches recommended in the Good Beach Guide.”

Checks can be made at www.goodbeachguide.co.uk