132 Toxic Derbyshire ‘Blue Lagoon’ dyed black

Speech Materals


A pool at a disused Derbyshire quarry, known locally as the Blue Lagoon, has been dyed black in a bid to deter people from swimming in it.

Despite the water at the quarry at Harpur Hill, near Buxton, having a pH level of 11.3 dozens of people still swim there. Bleach has a pH level of 12.3 and signs warn swimmers the water could cause skin complaints. Swimmers are also warned the water contains rubbish and dead animals.

A High Peak Borough Council spokeswoman said the pool contained vehicle parts, “all sorts of rubbish”
and warned that the water temperature was “extremely cold”.

I – Word Understanding
Bid to deter – a public call to stop (swimming in the lagoon)
pH level – “potential hydrogen” – measures how acidic or alkaline a liquid is
rubbish – useless waster / garbage

II – Have your say
1. A claim that a product is “pH balanced” is more marketing tool than useful information. Most beauty/skin products contain this label.
2. Have you heard about the alkaline diet? Alternative practitioners say…..it’s the best way to heal the body.

132 Toxic Derbyshire ‘Blue Lagoon’ dyed black

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