No swimming due to polluted seawater
Swimming prohibited in six zones due to heavy pollution of sea water
25 July 2007
BRUSSELS – Swimming was prohibited on Wednesday in 4 swimming zones in Ostend (Noodstrand, Thermaal, Mariakerke, Raversijde), from the beach at Sint-Idesbald (Koksijde), and in front of Canadezenplein in De Panne, due to extremely polluted seawater.
“The polluted seawater is caused by the excessive rainfall of the last few days which has resulted in water polluted with faeces (human and animal waste) flowing into the sea via canals and streams”, says Mie Van den Kerckhove, spokeswoman of the Vlaamse Milieu Maatschappij (Flemish Environment Company).
Water samples were taken again on Wednesday. The results will be made known on Thursday morning. It is possible that swimming will be prohibited from more beaches but there is a chance that the pollution will be cleared up by the current.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Belgian news