Prior warning issued for Velvet Strand, Portmarnock in advance of Heavy rainfall

by Rose Barrett
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Swimming ban also issued in Rush

With heavy rainfall predicted for tomorrow, Saturday 14, Fingal County Council in conjunction with the HSE, has issued a prior warning notice advising against swimming at the popular Velvet Strand in Portmarnock.

HSE and FCC advise that, after heavy rainfall, it is best to avoid contact with the water for at least 48 hours

This was advised in expectation of a deterioration in water quality during tomorrow’s forecast heavy rainfall (Yellow Warning).

Rush North has met the standard for “Poor” and a temporary Prohibition (Do not Swim) Notice is being issued and an investigation has started.

The Front Strand, Balbriggan (All Season Advisory in place), South Strand beach, Skerries, Loughshinny beach, and Claremont beach, Howth have met the standard for “good”.  Re-samples being arranged.

The non-identified bathing area at Malahide also met the standard for “excellent”, plus all other identified bathing water samples of July 11 have met the standard for “excellent”.

The next scheduled bathing water quality sample collection is taking place on Monday next,  July 17, 2023.

Please be advised that after a heavy rainfall event, it is important to avoid contact with the water for at least 48 hours to prevent the risk of getting a recreational water illness. For more information see:

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