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News Centre > Thursday 17 June 2021

Petit Bot water quality results "excellent"

Petit Bot

Following receipt of bathing water test results, which indicate excellent water quality, Petit Bot is now back open to swimmers following a pollution incident in the area.

Margaret McGuinness, Water Quality Risk Manager at Guernsey Water, said: "Pollution incidents of this nature can be challenging to resolve, working closely with our colleagues at Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS), the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation (OEHPR) and, where necessary, private land owners is essential to ensuring incidents are dealt with as quickly as possible.

"This includes not only identifying the source of pollution and ensuring the issue is remedied, but also the monitoring and testing of both stream water, by Guernsey Water, and bathing water by ACLMS."

Andy McCutcheon, Principal Environment Services Officer at ACLMS, said: "With any pollution incident of this nature, the greatest concern is ensuring the continued safety of Islanders and preservation of the natural environment.

"We appreciate everyone's patience during the closure of Petit Bot bay to swimmers. Confirmation of consistent excellent bathing water quality test results was an essential requirement for us ahead of re-opening the bay."

ACLMS confirmed that signage advising against swimming in the bay had now been removed.

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