Warning against swimming at popular beach after bacteria found

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) urged the public to avoid going into the water at Fisherrow Sands on Thursday.

Warning against swimming at Fisherrow Sands after bacteria found by SEPA Google Maps

The public has been urged not to swim at a popular beach in East Lothian after bacteria was found in the water.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has warned the public to avoid going into the water at Fisherrow Sands until further notice.

The warning was issued after the agency carried out routine analysis and found high levels of a bacteria that poses a threat to human health.

Signs have been posted in the area temporarily to advise people against paddling while SEPA investigates the area.

SEPA said they are liaising with East Lothian Council as well as Scottish Water, and will continue to work together to monitor the situation.

The environmental watchdog said they would be taking further samples and if required, would explore mitigation measures to make the water safe again.

The warning comes just days after the agency also warned that bacteria had been found in water at the Heads of Ayr.

Signs have also been put up at the Ayrshire beauty spot urging the public to avoid against bathing and paddling.

A spokesperson said: “SEPA are aware of a high bacterial result at Fisherrow Sands bathing water.

“We are currently investigating the cause of this high result and if required we will explore any mitigation measures. Further water samples will be taken from the bathing water to determine any ongoing impact.

“SEPA’s electronic sign at Fisherrow Sands has been changed to advise against bathing and paddling. This will remain in place until the water quality returns to a satisfactory level.”

An East Lothian Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of SEPA’s current advice against bathing and paddling at Fisherrow Sands and that the matter is currently under investigation.

“We would request that the public follow the advice and signage that is in place.

“The council will continue to liaise with closely with SEPA and other agencies as appropriate, to monitor the situation.”

A Scottish Water Spokesperson said: “In response to the high bacterial levels detected at Fisherrow Sands, our operations teams are inspecting our assets to ensure they are functioning correctly.

“We will continue to work closely with SEPA and East Lothian Council to monitor the situation.”

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