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Water declared safe at Mote Park after sewage leak

By Luke May

Visitors to Mote Park can return to the water after a ban was lifted today.

Water activities have been banned for more than two weeks after heavy rain collapsed a sewer on Monday, April 30.

Previous tests revealed nothing unsafe in the water, but activities were put on hold until all tests were complete.

Sewage leak at Mote Park (1709993)
Sewage leak at Mote Park (1709993)

A spokesperson from Maidstone Borough Council said: "Following testing of the water quality, we are pleased to announce that the water in the lake has been found to be of a satisfactory standard for all the activities on the lake.

"We always advise people to adopt a sensible approach to hygiene and hand washing especially before eating and anyone planning to have their hands in the water should cover open cuts and wounds.

"Dogs should be supervised when near or in the water to ensure safety.

"Maidstone Borough Council will continue to monitor the water in the lake on a bi-annual basis to ensure that the water conforms to a good standard, as set out by the Environment Agency for testing."

Southern Water has said the sewage leak is a "complex repair".

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