A British beach has lost its Blue Flag status after failing to meet the European quality standards for clean water.
Levern Beach in Kingdom Bay, Fife, had been flying the Blue Flag which is a voluntary eco-label awarded to approximately 3,650 beaches around the world.
However the latest round of testing found that the Scottish beach had unacceptably high levels of bacteria in the water, meaning that it no longer passed the Blue Flag certification, which is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education.
It is thought that the heavy rains which have dogged the UK recently may have caused rivers or sewage systems to overflow, which is the main cause of water contamination in the UK.
The news is disappointing to both locals and tourists as Leven Beach was a popular destination for UK holidays. Especially as a Fife councilman stated that the water quality was actually back to its best, but the Blue Flag regulations meant that it would have to wait to regain the award.
Meanwhile Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “Our beach passed 32 strict criteria this year, but unfortunately the Blue Flag has had to be withdrawn. We are still pleased that Leven will continue to be managed according to Seaside Award standards, allowing visitors to access up-to-date information about the water quality.
He added: “We would urge people to keep visiting the beach and to check the most recent water quality test results on the information boards or online.”
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