Bacteria Water

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After bacteria were found in the water at a popular East Lothian beach, the public was urged to avoid swimming.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency has advised the public not to enter the water until further notice at Fisherrow Sands.

The agency issued the warning after a routine analysis revealed high levels of bacteria that pose a danger to human health.

SEPA has temporarily posted signs in the area to warn people not to paddle while they investigate the area.

SEPA has said that they are in contact with East Lothian Council and Scottish Water. They will continue to monitor the situation together.

The environmental watchdog stated that they would take further samples, and if necessary, explore mitigation measures in order to restore the safety of the water.

This warning comes only days after the agency warned that bacteria was found in the water near the Heads of Ayr.

The Ayrshire beauty site has also posted signs urging people to refrain from bathing or paddling.

A spokesperson stated: “SEPA is aware of the high bacteria result in Fisherrow Sands Bathing Water.

“We are investigating the cause of these high results and, if necessary, we will investigate any mitigation measures. More water samples will also be taken to assess the impact.

The electronic sign installed at Fisherrow Sands by SEPA has been modified to warn against swimming and paddling. The sign will remain until the water returns to a satisfactory quality.

A spokesperson for East Lothian Council said: “We’re aware that SEPA has advised against swimming and paddling in Fisherrow Sands, and the matter is under investigation.”

We ask that you follow the signs and instructions that are in place.

The council will continue to work closely with SEPA, and other agencies if necessary, to monitor the current situation.

Scottish Waters was contacted to get a comment.

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