Balbriggan yet again returns ‘poor’ water quality results

by Rose Barrett
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Following Bathing Water Quality results on Monday last, September 5,  Balbriggan retains its ‘Do Not Swim’ notice.

The Front Strand at Balbriggan has been recommended against swimming since the end of school term.

Bathing Water Quality results from the last scheduled samples of the bathing season, taken on Monday last, September 5. While Balbriggan returned a ‘poor’ quality rating, Rush North Beach met the standard for ‘sufficient’ water quality and Skerries and Sutton met the standard for ‘good’ water quality.

Loughshinny, Rush South, Portrane, Donabate, Portmarnock and Claremont all met the standard for ‘excellent’ water quality.

The non-identified bathing water at Malahide also met the standard for ‘excellent’ water quality.

Rush South returned ‘excellent’ water quality results

As a result prior warning notices have been lifted at all beaches apart from Rush North and Sutton, the prior warning notices were extended at both beaches until today, Friday September 9. Resamples taken earlier in the week are expected later today.

A resample will be taken also at Skerries with results expected Saturday, September 10.

SOS Dublin Bay and BASS who formed to highlight the poor quality of bathing waters across Dublin Bay, have slated the repeated ‘poor’ results from Balbriggan – this being at least the sixth  ‘poor’ result from sample testing at the Front Strand.

The issue they say is repeated year on year and always during August, during the high swimming season yet action is sadly lacking.

BASS previously stated: “At this stage we feel like we are just going around in circles. This problem has been there for at least the last five years and FCC knew about it. They were to take action last year, as per, but they still haven’t.

Peter Whelehan of SOS Dublin Bay also his frustration and disappointment with Minister Noonan, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (and Minister O’Brien) “in terms of the commitment made, at a meeting back in May, to resolve the serious issues around the continual beach closures and ongoing pollution of Dublin Bay.

“It was SOS Dublin Bay’s understanding that a plan with some detail and deadlines would be forthcoming and that a new regime would be introduced before the end of the current bathing season which is fast approaching (September 15).”

Both groups feel they’ve virtually hit “a brick wall” with no solution in sight at the end of another swimming season

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