The St Thomas Bay beach in the Valley on Virgin Gorda is again open to the public.
This follows water quality test results which show that conditions are now suitable.
Laboratory Technician in the Environment and Climate Change Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Atoya George said: “After continued water quality testing at the various locations along the coast of St. Thomas Bay, the results now show that conditions are up to standard for water contact activities.”
The Ministry of Natural Resources continues to work diligently to carry out water quality testing on beaches throughout the Territory to ensure the preservation of the pristine nature of its environment and protecting the health of the public.
The Environment and Climate Change Unit may be contacted at 468-2700 for more information or to report any concerns about swimming conditions at beaches in the territory.
The government says is working diligently to clean the Territory’s beaches and coastlines.
Previously Published Story (October 18)
High bacteria levels detected on VG beach! Location closed
“Elevated bacteria levels” have been detected at the St Thomas Bay beach in the Valley on Virgin Gorda.
Sections of the beach extending from Fort Point to Collision Point is therefore closed to recreational use.
“The unit collected and tested water at various locations along the coast of St Thomas Bay. The results showed elevated bacteria levels particularly in areas where a ghut exists. We are conducting further testing in the area and as soon as conditions improve beach users will be given the green light for water contact activities,” Laboratory Technician in the Environment and Climate Change Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Atoya George reported.
Assessment of the area will continue and the public will be advised when the beach is safe and open for recreational use, a media release from the said ministry stated.
In the meantime, George said water quality testing is being done beaches throughout the territory.
“The preservation of the pristine nature of our environment and protecting the health of the public is of utmost importance; our people are our most valuable asset, followed by our environment,” she said.
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