Hunstanton's Beaches Downgraded After Rain
7:20am 27th March 2013
Hunstanton's beaches are some of the worst in Norfolk according to the newest Good Beach Guide.
The Marine Conservation Society has given Old Hunstanton a "Guideline" rating, meaning 80% of water samples did not exceed 100 E.coli per 100 ml and 90% of samples did not exceed 100 intestinal enterococci per 100 ml.
Hunstanton Main Beach was given "Mandatory" rating, meaning 95% of samples did not exceed 2,000 E.coli per 100 ml.
Last year, all of our local beaches had the highest "Recommended" rating. Wells still holds that title.
Relentless rain's led to an increase in bacteria and viruses in the water around many parts of the UK which could make swimmers ill.
Rachel Wyatt from the Marine Conservation Society says the tests were carried out last year so things could already be much better:
“Bathing waters aren’t affected for too long by pollution which gets washed down from land urban areas and it is good to look at the latest results from the Environment Agency as well. This is just a guide to what was found at the beaches last summer.”
However, she says we can all do our bit:
“Make sure you don’t put rubbish down your toilets as this can cause sewer overflows. Also putting fats and greases down your sink as this can block up the sewers as well.”