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Paris Olympics Announces Backup Plan for Swimming Events if Poop Water Doesn’t Subside

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In less than a week, Paris will host the 2024 Olympics. However, sewage is still causing concern about the open-water swimming events scheduled to take place in The Seine. finally there is a back-up plan in case the contaminated water does not subside.

It’s been too long!

Paris is planning to host the triathlons and marathons in the famous river that runs through its city, even though technically it’s a drainage basin. Only one major issue remains. E.coli bacteria at unsafe levels was detected in the water as recently as last week. Even as recently as the last week, E.coli bacteria has been detected in water.

The simplest explanation is:

  • The Seine runs for 483 miles, from Dijon to Paris and the English Channel.
  • The sewage system in Paris is very old.
  • The sewage system cannot keep up with heavy rains that last for a long time.
  • As a result, the pipes begin to leak.
  • The Seine is flooded when the pipes leak.
  • Fecal matter is a source of bacteria.
  • Swimming in water contaminated with bacteria

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    You will be very ill.

Since more than 110 year, it is illegal to swim in Seine because of bacteria. France spent around $1.5 billion on making it swimmable in time for the Olympics. The Olympics are still a long way off.

As of June, E. coli levels had risen 10x above the required level. President Emmanuel Macron, and Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, both pledged to swim in Seine water to prove it was safe. They are continuing to delay their swim, because it is not safe.

The Olympics committee insists that the Seine can be swum in a matter of weeks. However, there are signs that doubts are beginning to grow. It’s clear that there was no backup plan before recently.

The triathlon as well as the swim marathon will take place between July 30th and August 5th near the Alexander III Bridge. The triathlon and swim marathon are scheduled to take place near the Alexander III bridge between July 30 and August 5.

If the postponement does not, the triathlon is changed into a duathlon — only biking and running. The marathon swimming event will be moved to the Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium which is located about 20 miles from Paris.

While there is an action plan, organizers have reiterated that the Seine’s conditions are improving. The river will soon be swimming-ready. Time will tell.