Posted: Wed May 18, 2011 9:02 pm Post subject: Don't book this years beach holiday on the Danube
For those of you who like their annual beach holiday on the banks of the Danube, this year you may be better off booking something somewhere else......possibly the river Mersey
The regional health inspection agency in the town of Montana has banned swimming in the Danube due to pollution and non-compliance with European standards.
The ban is the fourth in as many years, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported on May 18.
Lora Filipova, an expert from Montana regional health inspection agency told BNT that the main source of pollution is waste waters heading directly into the river.
Only last year, the agency tested Danube waters near the town of Lom 10 times. All results showed deviations in microbiological norms.
Polluted waters can cause various health problems, especially for children, pregnant women and people with allergies. Filipova said that swimming in the polluted waters can cause stomach ache, problems breathing and skin allergies, among other problems.
At the end of May, the regional health inspection agency will test the waters near the town of Lom but until then, swimming is banned, the mayor said. Additionally, no lifeguards will be appointed to the town's beach this year.
There is a meeting in July of the Danube Beach Lovers Association in the Ruse Lunatic Asylum
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