Flag removed

Alcoutim’s riverside beach Praia do Pego Fundo has had its blue flag removed because of poor water quality.

Three water tests were carried out in consecutive weeks and the results were considered acceptable but not sufficient to grant the fluvial beach the blue flag.

According to Alcoutim Mayor Francisco Amaral, the problem was caused by a faulty pump that transported water from the dam to the beach area.

Once a new pump, which is being imported from Germany, is installed, the problem will be resolved, he said.