Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Room for Isle of Man river pollution improvement

There is still room for improvement to the Isle of Man's rivers, according to an official report.

The latest figures from the environment department show an improvement of 5% in water quality after a period of gradual decline since 2008.

In the decade up to 2008, 70% of rivers tested were deemed "very good" but that number had fallen to 58%.

Figures for this summer show the percentage of "very good" sites had risen to 63%.

The news has been greeted by government officials as an "encouraging trend".

But an environment spokesman said there was still a need to monitor pollution levels.

He added: "It is ultimately the responsibility of the general public and business to minimize their own impacts on local rivers".

Isle of Man Interim Report on River Water Quality 2011 contains figures from tests of 86 river sites around the island and is thought to be a good indication of the state of the natural environment.

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