Top marks for Tor­re­vieja

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By Dave Jones SEA BATHING ar­eas in Tor­re­vieja are all of ‘ex­cel­lent’ qual­ity, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the re­gional depart­ment for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Coun­cil­lor for beaches Javier Man­zanares noted that the coali­tion coun­cil was very pleased that they had re­ceived the high­est avail­able rank­ing. He ex­plained that sam­ples had been taken at eight dif­fer­ent points on the coast – Tor­re­la­mata, Cabo Cervera, Playa de los Lo­cos, Playa del Cura, the pools off Paseo Juan Apari­cio, Playa de los Náufra­gos, Mar Azul and Cala Pit­eras – dur­ing the sum­mer. These have been an­a­lysed and the re­gional gov­ern­ment has re­ported back.

“The re­gional en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment eval­u­ates the qual­ity of the wa­ter and they then give clas­si­fi­ca­tions which range from ‘in­suf­fi­cient’ to ‘ex- cel­lent’,” he said.

“We are very proud that Tor­re­vieja has been given top marks for all the ar­eas.”

He re­minded that the sea and beaches are one of the main at­trac­tions for tourists who visit the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The Se­gura river and wa­ter author­ity (CHS) has re­leased a video of an ot­ter swim­ming in the river near Bene­júzar in the Vega Baja. A CHS spokesman re­minded that ot­ters had dis­ap­peared from the river in the 1990s. How­ever, they have made a come­back due the im­proved en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tion of the wa­ter­way. “Ot­ters are a good in­di­ca­tor of the health of rivers be­cause they are preda­tors and need a lot of food,” he ex­plained. The spokesman noted that ot­ters had first re­turned to the Se­gura to the west of Mur­cia city at the begin­ning of this decade and have slowly been spread­ing to­wards the mouth at Guardamar del Se­gura. An ot­ter was spot­ted near Ori­huela two years ago but this is the first recorded sight­ing in the sec­tion which is down­river of the city.

Playa de los Lo­cos in Tor­re­vieja

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