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Latest Bathing Water Results available on-line 25 May 2007

Bathing water quality has been monitored by the Department’s Environmental Protection Unit since 1994 at up to 16 locations throughout the Island. For the 2007 season 3 new locations at Port Lewaigue, Port Grenaugh and Glen Wyllin, will be monitored at the request of the local Commissioners.

In an effort to make more information easily accessible to the public, results from all monitored locations are now available on the Department’s website: http://www.gov.im/dlge/enviro/protection/water.xml

The samples taken from the monitoring locations are analysed at the Government Laboratory and until now the results obtained have only been available for public scrutiny at display boxes sited at the various monitored beaches. The results now appearing on the website will be updated weekly throughout a 20-weeks’ season from May to September allowing the public to make an informed choice as to their preferred location for bathing without the need to visit the display boxes. The weekly results will also appear on the Government Laboratory’s website, together with historical details from past years which can be found at: http://www.gov.im/dlge/enviro/govlabs/bathingwater.xml

Recent trends have suggested general improvements at Douglas and Southern beaches coinciding with the cessation of sewage outfalls and re-direction of the sewage to the IRIS Treatment Works at Meary Veg.

John Shimmin, Minister for Local Government and the Environment, said,

“The placing of results on the website as soon as they are available on a weekly basis is an exciting development which moves the reporting process in to the internet age and promotes sustainability by cutting out potentially unnecessary journeys to view display boxes. The public will now have access to the most up-to-date information at the touch of a button”.

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