Pollution forces coastal swimming ban
16 August 2006, BRUSSELS — A swimming ban has been imposed on seven swim zones along the Belgian coast due to high pollution levels.
16 August 2006
BRUSSELS — A swimming ban has been imposed on seven swim zones along the Belgian coast due to high pollution levels.
The heavy rainfall seen across the nation in recent days has led to the sea water becoming polluted.
Swimmers have been advised against entering the water between Oostende and Wenduine.
The red flag will be flying at Oostende (Speelplein zone), Bredene (Turkyen, Het Duingat and De Droge Opgang zones), De Haan (Centrum zone) and Wenduine (Centrum and Harendijk zones).
The national sewer system has been unable to cope with the heavy rainfall recorded in recent days and waste water entered streams and rivers.
The polluted water eventually made its way into the sea via the IJzer and the Ghent-Oostende canal.
A spokeswoman for the Flemish Environment Society said the ban was imposed due to a bacterial pollution from human and animal excrement.
Depending on wind and water currents, it could take several days before the pollution disappears.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news