Tue, Jul 17, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Daan Beach fails EPA environmental water inspection

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Beachgoers should avoid swimming near the Daan Beach in Taichung County as the water has been found to have high levels of colony forming units (CFU) of colon bacillus, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday. Contracting colon bacillus, an entero-bacterium, can potentially lead to intestinal diseases.

CFU is the unit used to measure the amount of colon bacillus in sea water.

In Daan's case, the administration found that the sea water contained 4,000 CFUs for every 100CC of water it sampled.

EPA division director Mou Lih-er (牟麗娥) said that Daan Beach was the only beach to fail EPA inspection.

"The reason the beach has such a high density of CFUs is the outlet of both the Daan River and Dachia River," she said.

"These two rivers have passed through many human habitats before they reach the outlet, so they have carried huge amount of polluted water," she said.

She said that if swimmers drink the sea water by accident, their intestines could get infected and the wounds on their bodies may take a long time to heal.

The EPA routinely releases the updated water quality report online. For more information, visit www.epa.gov.tw.

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