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Sea Swimming Water Quality alerts must improve - Muir

North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has asked the Environment Minister about ways the public are alerted to water pollution events after a recent pollution incident affecting the river running through Crawfordsburn Country Park on Saturday evening 12 September 2020.

Commenting on the issue, Andrew Muir MLA stated “Whilst I am glad to learn that trout fish are thankfully still alive in the river with no indication bathing water is now unsafe to swim in quicker and better ways need to be found to alert the public when pollution occurs.

Water quality sampling should also be extended beyond the limited locations to include places like Brompton and narrow timeframes with the bathing season officially ending on 15 September but continuing all year round for some hardy souls.”