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BLACK FLAG FOR WATER QUALITY

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BLACK FLAG FOR WATER QUALITY

The environmental group, Ecologistas en Acción, have issued 30 “black flags” to beaches of the Valencia region, denoting areas where the minimum legal standards of water quality have not been reached.

The good news is that the southernmost area of Valencia, the Orihuela Costa, has been spared the embarrassment of having been given the flags, indicating the water quality there to be of an acceptable standard, but the same sadly cannot be said as we move north through Torrevieja, Guardamar, Santa Pola, Elche and Benidorm, to name but a few, who all have beaches of substandard quality, some of which the group even recommend not bathing in the waters of.

The ecologists state that the report was based on the “limited evidence” mostly obtained through the Ministry of Environment, with the voluntary work of activists, and has focused on key impacts and threats on the coast of Castellón, Valencia and Alicante, looking mainly at organic pollution discharges.

In addition to organic pollution, the study analyzes a percentage that shows the operation of the treatment plants which deposit wastewater throughout the territory of the community.

Most worryingly, the report recommends not bathing in the waters of the beaches at Playa Arenals del sol in Elche, and Playa de Guardamar, Playa Roqueta and Playa Vivers in Guardamar.

In the Alicante province, Black Flags have been issued for the beaches at Els Poblets-el Verger, Dénia, Jávea, Benitatxel (cumbers del sol-6), Moraira-Teuleda, Calpe, Altea (Toix-Mascarat), Altea, Benidorm, Villajoyosa, El Campello (La Merced), Alacantí Norte, Alicante (Monte Orgegia), Alicante (Rincón de León), Elx (Arenales), Santa Pola, Guardamar and Torrevieja.

Finally, they did offer one positive message, that of the “positive actions” which have been achieved on the island of Tabarca, therefore the beaches there have received a “green dot”, after volunteers from their group were involved in a cleanup operation.

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