The Blue Lagoon (as what they call it) is where people from far away places go just to cool off in its clear waters. But little did they know that the flooded former quarry is so polluted that its contents are almost as toxic as bleach.
Signs close to the shoreline warn that not only is the water known to contain abandoned cars, dead animals and human waste, but it has a pH level of 11.3 – compared with 12.6 for bleach and 11.5 for ammonia.
However, 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.
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”.
Sorry folks, This is Not Bahamas!
Signs put up by the council last year around the previously bright blue water – which gets it colour from the caustic chemicals in the quarry stone – warn people it could cause skin irritations and stomach problems.
It’s not pretty any more. They don’t think they’re on holiday in the Bahamas any more, they know they’re in Harpur Hill. It was absolutely beautiful to look at but was horrendously dangerous,” said Local business owner Rachel Thomas .
The area town folk are hoping to get it closed up. They recently tried to get it drained yet they were told the lagoon was too toxic and dangerous to the water supply to be drained.
In June 2013, the council took the drastic measure of pouring black dye into the water to lessen its appeal. So far the plan seems to be working – according to locals, disappointed weekend road trippers have been turning back when they spot the newly inky lagoon.