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Recent tests have shown that the quality of Seine water has improved – Xinhua

PARIS, 4 July (Xinhua), — Three weeks before the Paris Olympic Games where the opening ceremony takes place on the famous river, the water quality in the Seine River showed a significant improvement.

The Paris Mayor’s Office published test results on Thursday that showed a significant improvement in water quality between June 24 and July 2. Thanks to the sunny and warm weather, the levels of E.coli bacteria in central Paris at an Olympic swimming pool fell below acceptable limits four days in a row.

The weekly report on the Seine’s quality of water showed promising results for the first time. The triathlon’s swimming leg will take place on the river on July 30 and 31, as well as the open-water swim on August 8-9.

The mayor’s office said that “this positive development is due to the return of sun and warmth as well as effects of work done in part of the strategy for improving the quality of Seine’s water.”

The readings of enterococci bacteria, a second important measurement of water-quality, also showed significant improvements, and remained within acceptable limits each day at the Alexandre III Bridge.

Amelie Oudea-Castera, the Sports Minister of France, praised the “clear improvement” in the Seine waters and expressed her confidence that “the improved readings enable us to imagine the competitions proceeding peacefully”.

In the last decade, French authorities invested 1.4 billion Euros (1.5 billion U.S. Dollars) to clean the river. This included enhancing the Paris sewerage network and building new water storage and treatment facilities.

The Paris Olympic Games are scheduled to take place between July 26 and August 11, 2019. #