Marseille is banning beaches from swimming for fear of pollution

Marseille is banning beaches from swimming for fear of pollution There is no water on the beaches of Marseille. Photo: AFP

France's second city and main tourist center, Marseille, has imposed temporary swimming bans on several beaches due to pollution problems, disappointing locals and tourists who hope to drown as temperatures rise.

Since the beginning of the month, seven of the city's 21 beaches have raised a purple flag - meaning they are not bathing - on days when high levels of faeces were detected by hygiene inspections.

Marseille is a tourist destination that attracts five million visitors a year due to its Mediterranean coastline and sun-kissed climate.

But the city, France's largest port, is struggling with pollution from industry and shipping.

"This is mostly due to sewer problems, but there are also more and more boats that dump their gray and black waste before entering the gray and black harbors," said Sarah Hatimi, head of the Surfrider Foundation's environmental group's water quality program.

Swimming bans are nothing new in Marseille. Last year, the authorities enforced & nbsp; 153 bans, for fear of heavy rainfall pollution.

"This year it can't be said to be due to rain," said the local public health officer & nbsp; Council Commissioner Monique Daubet, adding that the problem is leakage & nbsp; pools and "a lot of animal excrement".

But he said the city was "proactive", going even further than the weekly water inspections imposed by European law to "pay to protect swimmers from our own analyzes".

Every morning, inspectors take water samples from every beach in the city to test for E. coli and enterococcal bacteria that show feces in humans or animals.

The lab may reveal the test results the same morning, while previous weekly tests arrived "too late, two or three days later," Daubet said.

Despite their efforts, the Marseilles authorities are not hopeful that they will receive a "blue flag" stamp to certify coastal hygiene.

"Our water quality does not meet criteria such as keeping bins at least 100 meters from the beach."
"No one is forcing us to do that," she said. "Instead of complaining, people should be grateful we're closing the beaches!"
Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
You can become a member or log in to comment.

The pig war was the 1859 conflict between Britain and the United States, prompted by an American to shoot an Irish pig for eating his potatoes.

To be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, a company must issue $ 100 million worth of shares, and they have made more than $ 10 million in the last 3 years.

China banned banks from trading in Bitcoin in December 2013, and Thailand has completely banned the currency.
There have been 31 U.S. presidents in the military, but only 24 were in service during the war.

Due to the dispute over the Kuril Islands, Japan and Russia have still not signed a peace treaty to end World War II. This has caused enormous tensions in relations between countries.

Local Europe AB
Södra park
Magnus Ladulåsgatan 3
118 65 Stockholm
Sweden

To manage a successful website, we and certain third parties set cookies, and you can access and store information on your device for a variety of purposes. Various third parties also collect data to display your personalized content and ads. Some third parties require your consent to collect personal information and data in order to run ads.

Events in Bruges