Austrian water quality "consistently high"

The Austrian environment agency has reported consistently high freshwater quality between 1997 and 1999. Testing for 100 pollutants and substances at 2,000 locations showed that nitrates in groundwater continued to cause the greatest concern despite improvements during the reporting period. Even so, measured levels still rose at 13% of measuring stations. Increases in chlorinated hydrocarbon levels were "limited to centres of population." Overall, said the agency, streams and rivers were "becoming cleaner". Austrian environment ministry tel: +43 1 71 10 00, a press release and the report.

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