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Paris, Thursday, May 25, 2000 Capri Waters Off-Limits to Bathers International Traveler / Update
ROME (AFP) - Environment officials have declared Capri's Blue Grotto, celebrated for its sparkling blue waters, off-limits to bathers after finding feces levels almost 10,000 times above the acceptable limit. Tourists were warned Tuesday not to take a dive in the normally pristine waters off Capri, southern Italy, after samples taken on May 10 were found to contain 920,000 coliform bacilli: only 100 is allowed under Italian law.
The Naples province environmental official, Luca Stamati, said the pollution was due to a ruptured underwater sewage pipe, which he expected to be repaired by June. The spot is visited by tens of thousands of tourists every year.
-- Martin Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 24, 2000