Some South Dublin beaches sees temporary ban on swimming and bathing

Results of samples due in three days

Louise McCarthy

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Louise McCarthy

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Some South Dublin beaches sees temporary ban on swimming and bathing

Bathers and swimmers are being warned not to enter certain areas in Dublin due to concerns about overflow discharges at wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations in South Dublin.

As a result of heavy rainfall in the Dublin region on June 23 and 24, overflow discharges of wastewater occurred at a number of wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations in the bay area of south Dublin, in both the DLR and DCC areas, and this is suspected of having an adverse impact on water quality on bathing waters in the DLR area.

Having assessed the impact of the wastewater discharges and carried out visual inspections of bathing areas in DLR, and acting with the advice of the HSE, temporary bathing prohibition notices are being put in place with immediate effect, as a precaution, at Seapoint, Sandycove and Forty Foot bathing areas, pending results from testing of water quality at these locations.  Results are expected to be available by Thursday, June 27. 

Notices warning bathers and swimmers not to enter the water will be put up at the affected bathing areas. These temporary prohibition notices will remain in place until water conditions return to normal and sampling results are clear. 

There are no restrictions in relation to any other bathing areas along the DLR coast, and that includes Dún Laoghaire Harbour, but all bathing areas are being monitored and sampled as a precaution.

Organisers of water-based sporting events should take note of the prohibition notices being put in place for Seapoint, Sandycove and Forty Foot bathing areas.