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Advice issued after erratic water quality results at Cobo in recent weeks

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Wednesday 09 September 2020

Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services is advising people visiting Cobo Bay that erratic water quality results have been found during the last few weeks.

There have been four poor results in the last six weeks, but it is important to note that on re-test the samples have shown that the water quality has quickly returned to a Good or Excellent standard.

While we can offer reassurance that for the majority of the time the water at Cobo Bay is within the acceptable bathing water limits and does not pose a risk, on several recent occasions it has been found to exceed these levels. Poor water quality can sometimes be associated with run off from heavy rainfall. However, as we cannot currently provide the level of certainty we would wish, the public should be aware of this when considering whether to swim at Cobo Bay. As always we would recommend that the public maintain good hand hygiene after visiting the beach.

Investigations are underway to try and establish a cause for this fluctuation in results, which include checking the public toilets via the use of red dye to try and track any source. If any members of the public have information on possible sources they are advised to contact the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation by email on envhealth@gov.gg or phone on 01481 711161.

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