Unsatisfactory’ water quality sparks bathing ban at three floating pools on Canal de l’Ourcq that were intended to help Parisiens beat the heat

A new public bathing area on a Paris canal that has been helping residents keep cool during the summer has been temporarily closed due to pollution just a week after opening.
The city of Paris tweeted that three floating pools on the Canal de l’Ourcq were closed because the water quality was “unsatisfactory”.
The cause of the pollution was not clear. Authorities said the site would remain closed until the situation returned to normal.
French radio said heavy rainfall over the weekend had led to higher than normal levels of enterococci, a bacteria found in faecal matter.
The pools, which can take up to 300 bathers at a time, are the culmination of a 10-year effort by the city of Paris to purify the canal water so that those who cannot afford a seaside holiday can still take the plunge. With temperatures last week rising well above 30C (86F), they proved an instant hit as hundreds of people queued on the first day for a dip.
Inaugurating the facility, the Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, called it “a dream come true”. But for most Parisians, being able to swim in the Seine river past the Eiffel Tower represents the ultimate prize. Hidalgo has set a target of 2024, when the city hopes to host the summer Olympics, to have bathers bobbing in the Seine.


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