Sewage bugs shock in the River Ouse

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Pollution tests in the River Ouse at Lewes have found sewage bugs at 75 times safe-swimming levels.

The tests were taken by the Environment Agency following the collapse of a huge storm sewer storage tank at Ham Lane.

Under European laws, beaches designated for bathing must contain bacteria such as E coli at no more than 2,000 colonies per 100 millilitres of water. The agency tests found a massive 150,000 colonies of E coli.

 

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