The Daily Telegraph

Dover Harbour bans swimming as E. coli levels are too high


SWIMMERS have been banned from entering the sea at Dover Harbour, where abnormal levels of E. coli bacteria were discovered in the water.

Visitors to the Kentish landmark were warned not to swim by the harbour until further notice following the discovery. Routine tests revealed “above normal” levels of E. coli in the water.

The Port of Dover has now closed the area to swimmers and those conducting water activities. There are currently no reports of ill health.

A spokesman said: “We would like to inform our community that unfortunat­ely water standards were not met following our routine tests. There have been above normal E. coli bacterial levels indicated in these samples.

“The health and safety of our customers and community is of the utmost importance to us and therefore we have taken these measures as a precaution. There are no reports of ill health.”

The decision comes after discussion­s with Dover District Council and the Environmen­t Agency.

Further tests are due to take place today and tomorrow, with the results expected tomorrow.

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