Second test failure stops Dawlish swimmers for weekend

Dawlish town beach
Image caption Tests are conducted at the beach every seven to 10 days during the summer

Swimmers are being told to stay out of the water at a south Devon beach over the weekend after it failed water quality tests for a second time.

Warning signs are up at Dawlish town beach after it failed the two tests which are carried out frequently during the summer.

The Environment Agency has tested the water for a third time and those results should be known next week.

Teignbridge Council said that the beach itself was still safe to go on.

The council added that it was working alongside the agency and South West Water to investigate the cause of the recent dip in water quality.

Councillor Kevin Lake said: "While we're disappointed not to have the all-clear from this follow-up test, it is not unusual for a short drop in water quality following very heavy rain such as that experienced recently, especially after such a dry few months.

"We are looking at possible causes and remain confident that the water will return to its usual excellent standard very soon.

"In the meantime, the beach remains open for people to enjoy."

Tests are conducted every seven to 10 days between 1 May and 30 September and this closure has been the first instance of a failure at the beach this season.

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