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Record Number Of Beaches Pass Water Quality Standards

Weymouth Clock Seafront

12:51pm 15th April 2014

More of Dorset's beaches are being recommended for bathing by the Marine Conservation Society.

They tested water quality every day last summer and are putting the cleaner results down to dry weather.

Weymouth Beach is recommended again.  So its Church Ope Cove on Portland.

Church Cliff Beach at Lyne Regis and Kimmeridge Bay which both failed in 2013 now meet mandatory standards.

MCS Coastal Pollution Officer, Rachel Wyatt, says she hopes the latest figures will be a boost to UK tourism after several previously wet summers which led to a drop in bathing water quality from pollution running into the sea from rural and urban areas and overloaded sewers.

"It's great news that we are able to recommend more beaches than ever for excellent water quality and it shows just how good British beaches can be," says Rachel Wyatt. "The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather."

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