Swimmers take note, Velvet Strand, Portmarnock issued with a swimming ban

by Rose Barrett
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A prohibition (Do not swim) notice was issued yesterday afternoon for The Velvet Strand, Portmarnock, due to stormwater overflow at adjacent pumping station overnight owing to heavy rainfall.

Expected duration 72 hours from lunchtime yesterday.  A water quality sample will be arranged.

Velvet Strand remains open but beach users are asked to respect the ‘Do Not Swim’ notice as it has been put in place to ensure that the health of bathers is not compromised.

Previously, the Velvet Strand (above), a hugely popular spot for all-year round and seasonal swimmers was issued with a Prior Notice advising against swimming in advance of heavy rainfall on Saturday, July 14 (see https://dublingazette.com/dublinlocalmatters/news/swimming-ban-portmarnock-rush-512409/).

Members of the public can check for water quality at any of the monitored bathing waters in Ireland in advance by accessing the EPA website at www.beaches.ie or by checking the notice board at the entrance to each beach. 

To view  an explanation of the standards used for reporting results of bathing water, see https://www.fingal.ie/bathing-water-quality-monitoring-faqs

For further information on beaches and bathing water see Beaches and Bathing Water For information on Lifeguards this week see Lifeguards Provision 

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