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Clean bill of health for Paphos beach

A LOCAL official on Monday denied that sewage has been detected at two beaches in Paphos, following complaints that waste was seen in the area between Yeroskipou and SODAP.
Speaking to the Cyprus Mail, Nicos Similides said both beaches had been awarded blue flag status and routine state lab tests revealed the quality of the water was clean.
“How is it possible for us to have six beaches with blue flag status that contain waste?” he asked.
“The problem is when there are rough seas, it creates a bad picture, not just in Paphos but across the country,” primarily due to the foam it created.
Similides put the problem down to confusion saying that strong waves may pick up sea vegetation and bring it to the surface, leading people to believe that it is waste.
“A while ago there was some sea vegetation that looked like beans floating on the surface of the sea. It really did look like human waste but when we inspected it, it wasn’t.”
Expressing his confidence in the clean water, Similides added that he swam at SODAP every single day apart from some 20 days in the year when he was abroad.
“Would I ever accept to swim in water that contains human waste?”

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