The Hereford Times reports: BATHING water status in appropriate stretches of the Wye and Lugg rivers is to be investigated by Herefordshire Council after a further call by councillors to improve the condition of county rivers.
The ‘excellent’ to ‘poor’ rating system under Bathing Water Status involves testing a single fixed point each week for E. Coli and intestinal enterococci, which are found in faecal matter in the water – both potentially harmful to human health.
While concerns were raised about encouraging people to swim in the rivers, councillors discussed the merits of using available legislation to improve water condition. The River Wharfe in Ilkley was the first UK river to be granted the status last year. The UK is lagging behind Europe, where in France 420 rivers having bathing water status, Poland 76 and Germany 32, a Herefordshire Council spokesperson said.