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File Sources of water pollution
(Transcription of audio on video) Water can be polluted from many sources. Faecal contamination from sewage makes water unpleasant and unsafe for recreational activities such as swimming, boating or fishing. Many organic pollutants, including sewage effluent and farm and food-processing wastes consume oxygen, suffocating fish and other aquatic life. Nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates, from everything from farm fertilisers to household detergents, can 'overfertilise' the water causing the growth of large mats of algae, some of which are directly toxic. When the algae die, they sink to the water bottom, decomposing, consuming oxygen and damaging ecosystems. Chemical contaminants including heavy metals, pesticides and some industrial chemicals can threaten wildlife and human health. Sediment run-off from the land can make water muddy, blocking sunlight and, as a result, killing wildlife. And irrigation, especially when used improperly, can bring flows of salts, nutrients and other pollutants from soils into water. Source: SOER 2005
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Press Release Troff document Water quality excellent at most of Europe's bathing sites
The water at Europe's beaches, rivers and lakes was generally of high quality in 2013, with 95 % of these sites meeting minimum requirements. Coastal sites performed slightly better than inland bathing waters, the data shows.
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File Troff document Czech Republic 2014 bathing water report
Located in Environmental topics State of bathing water Country reports 2014 bathing season
File Troff document Malta 2014 bathing water report
Located in Environmental topics State of bathing water Country reports 2014 bathing season
File Troff document Romania 2014 bathing water report
Located in Environmental topics State of bathing water Country reports 2014 bathing season
File Troff document Spain 2014 bathing water report
Located in Environmental topics State of bathing water Country reports 2014 bathing season
File Troff document Denmark 2014 bathing water report
Located in Environmental topics State of bathing water Country reports 2014 bathing season
File Troff document Belgium 2014 bathing water report
Located in Environmental topics State of bathing water Country reports 2014 bathing season
File Troff document Luxembourg 2014 bathing water report
Located in Environmental topics State of bathing water Country reports 2014 bathing season
File Troff document Slovenia 2014 bathing water report
Located in Environmental topics State of bathing water Country reports 2014 bathing season
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