Raw sewage visibly ‘bobbing’ at Seapoint

by Rose Barrett
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Despite Seapoint getting an ‘excellent’ rating from water testing taken on August 17 last, swimmers were horrified to see raw sewage literally ‘bobbing’ along the water off the popular strand on Friday last – just hours after the excellent results were published!

The strand which is under Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLR CC) had recently had a prohibition notice posted, advising sea swimmers to avoid entering the water.

VIDEO PROVIDED BY SOS DUBLIN BAY

All beaches in Fingal also received an ‘excellent’ rating last week albeit Dollymount Strand has since been issued with swim restrictions.

SOS Dublin Bay has repeatedly questioned the impact of treated and raw sewage released from Ringsend WasteWater Treatment Plant. 

Local authorities attributed poor quality ratings at popular Dublin beaches in recent weeks to the “impact from animals or birds” and “not associated with storm overflow.”

However, Peter Whelehan, speaking on behalf SOS Dublin Bay, was critical of this analysis and called on local authorities to release the scientific evidence for same.

So far this summer, warnings of water pollution and swimming restrictions have been issued at Seapoint, Sandycove, Skerries South Beach, Balbriggan Front Strand, White Rock in Killiney, Burrow Beach, Portrane, Malahide North Strand, Loughshinny Beach, Rush South, The Burrow in Portrane and Rush North Beach, Blackrock, etc. 

Prohibition notices were quickly overturned within a week following ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ ratings.

Swimming in Merrion Strand was banned in March last year following consistent poor quality water readings over five years. It was the first Irish beach to have a permanent prohibition notice issued and a prohibition warning remains in place.

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SOS Dublin Bay called on local authorities to have all year round testing and quicker publications of water testing.

See https://dublingazette.com//news/water-pollution-bay-dublin-56423/ for previous coverage on this issue and https://dublingazette.com//news/swimming-dublin-bay-announcement-58321/

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