Fo­cus at­ten­tion on source and the pre­ven­tion

The Scarborough News - - THE VOICE OF SCARBOROUGH -

We have been in­volved with bathing wa­ter qual­ity is­sues since the early 1980s.

Since the open­ing in 2002 of York­shire Wa­ter’s full treat­ment plant at Cowlam Hole which has en­abled the North Bay to achieve EU Blue Flag bathing wa­ter qual­ity awards year af­ter year, our ef­forts have been de­voted to work­ing along­side York­shire Wa­ter to­wards achiev­ing the same Ex­cel­lence qual­ity rat­ing for the South Bay.

The re­port in Scar­bor­ough News on Septem­ber 7, re­veals a rather odd sit­u­a­tion in more than one re­spect. Whilst the ex­is­tence of the long-awaited En­vi­ron­ment Agency Re­port is con­firmed, the Coun­cil have been pro­vided with no more than a sum­mary of its find­ings. Why should that be when it is well known that the devil of­ten lurks in the de­tail and trans­parency over mat­ters per­tain­ing to pub­lic health is es­sen­tial?

Seag­ulls are awarded a share of the blame for the poor qual­ity rat­ing of the South Bay bathing wa­ter but that can be surely lit­tle more than a hy­poth­e­sis as, when away from de­fac­ing build­ings in the Town, they pre­sum­ably share the toi­let­ting ameni­ties of both Bays and yet the North Bay achieves the Blue Flag Ex­cel­lence award! Whilst sci­ence by way of DNA anal­y­sis can dis­tin­guish an­i­mal gut bac­te­ria from birds, it is not yet suf­fi­cientlyad­vanced­toal­lo­cate per­cent­ages of each in a given sam­ple so far as we are aware. This dis­trac­tion is, there­fore best avoided at the present time and im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion fo­cused on pollution sources which are pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied and where pre­ven­tion ac­tion is pos­si­ble.

Coun­cil­lor Cock­er­ill says there is no magic wand the Coun­cil can wave to solve the prob­lem. That is true but it does not mean it can­not be solved by oth­ers. Not very long ago re­ports in the press were all about iden­ti­fy­ing sources of pollution. At last we now have a Re­port sum­mary which iden­ti­fies a source of pollution of bathing­wa­ters. This is very sub­stan­tial progress in­deed. York­shire Wa­ter have shown the way by mas­sive in­vest­ment in putting in place UV ra­di­a­tion for all the dis­charges un­der their re­spon­si­bil­ity to pre­vent po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous bac­te­ria en­ter­ing bathing wa­ters. We are for­tu­nate in­deed that such ex­per­tise will no doubt be avail­able to as­sist those with re­spon­si­bil­ity for im­prove­ments to the dis­charge from the Wheatcroft out­fall. Fred­die Drab­ble Sons of Nep­tune Scalby Road Scar­bor­ough

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