Brussels: Swimmers should avoid some 500 European beaches, lakes and rivers for health reasons, the European Commission said on Thursday after a survey of nearly 20,000 sites.
France and Italy, which have far and away the greatest number of swimming sites at some 2,000 and 5,000 respectively, also have the highest number that failed tests.France had the highest number of "non-compliant" sites 129, followed by Denmark (68), Italy (56), the Netherlands (46) and Poland (44).Spain, which has almost as many sites as France, failed just 15, with 14 sites in Britain and 11 in Belgium also on the list.The criteria stems from a 2006 EU law that sets bacterial guidelines on water quality.Bureau Report
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