Officials released test results showing the levels of contamination on six beaches to mark World Ocean Day, just ahead of tourists returning to the White Isle.
The tourist destinations have had to be closed after tests found the “illegal quantities of faeces”.
Beaches are contaminated with “illegal quantities of faeces” just as tourists plan to return after three months of strict coronavirus lockdown, bathers have been banned from visiting
The filthy water causes problems both for bathers and marine animals who inhabit the coast, reports Mirror Online.
Six popular Ibiza beaches are contaminated with high levels of poo just as lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease and tourists are allowed to venture out.
The Observatory of Sustainability published the investigation which took place on the famous Balearic party Island of Ibiza, off the east coast of Spain, in 2019.
The beaches in question were Talamanca, Bahia de Sant Antoni, escollera de Sant Antoni, Es Pouet, Port de Sant Miquel, Platges de Comte.
They stated: “Six were shown to have quantities of faecal contamination superior to those legally permitted, which led to the prohibition of bathing.”
According to a press release, the observatory took 48 samples from beaches around the whole island in 2019.
Data from the Ibiza and Formentera Water Alliance showed that only 31 samples were rated excellent last year, almost 25% less than in 2010.
Referring to the beaches, it added: “They are incapable of facing up to the increase of visitors in the high season.”
The observatory warned that the decrease in water quality highlights the insufficient infrastructure – especially in summer.
However, for those hoping to enjoy the newly relaxed measures, yesterday it was reported zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas can reopen in England from June 15, Boris Johnson will announce in the latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown.
Now the observatory has warned that in order to protect marine life and the health of bathers, the island must “improve the sanitation and depuration and carry out a strict vigilance through quality controls.”
The Prime Minister will update the nation on the easing of the restrictions on Wednesday as he tries to reopen the economy while minimising Covid-19’s rate of transmission.