Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Beaches at Cleanest Level Ever

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Beaches at Cleanest Level Ever

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Byline: MARK BENHAM

A RECORD number of beaches in the South-East are now clean, according to a survey out today. It represents a dramatic turnaround from a decade ago when a dip in the sea ran the risk of swallowing a mouthful of untreated sewage.

The Good Beach Guide found the number of beaches unfit for swimming through sewage contamination are at an all-time low. The South-East now boasts a string of pollution-free shores from Portsmouth to Clactonon-Sea. A record 65 beaches within driving distance of London - up from 49 last year - met the guide's standards for clean bathing water. Of the 74 other beaches in the region, many missed out marginally.

The Marine Conservation Society, which produces the guide, hailed the "astonishing transformation" since its first survey 14 years ago.

First-time qualifiers include a number of beaches on the Isle of Wight, previously plagued by sewage.

Better sewage systems in Portsmouth, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft also resulted in marked improvements. …

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