Public warned not to swim at south Dublin beaches

by Padraig Conlon

Dublin City Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have warned the public not to swim at a number of Dublin beaches due to a sewage leak at Ringsend wastewater treatment plant.

The warning, which came into effect yesterday applies to Dollymount, Sandymount and Merrion Strands, Seapoint Beach, Sandycove Beach, The Forty Foot Bathing Area, Killiney Beach, and White Rock Beach.

The temporary bathing prohibition is expected to remain in place for another six days.

DLRCC said all areas along the DLR coastline whether designated as bathing areas or not are covered by the notice.

In a statement released yesterday DLRCC said:

“Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has been made aware of a sewerage wastewater overflow at the Irish Water operated Ringsend wastewater treatment plant during the recent yellow weather warning event on June 4/5.

“As a consequence of this event Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in consultation with the Health Service Executive, have put temporary bathing prohibition notices in place at all of our designated public bathing sites in the county, starting today 6th June.

“It is expected that this temporary prohibition notification will be in place for seven days.

“All areas along the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown coastline whether designated as bathing areas or not are considered covered by this notice.”

DLRCC also said updates will be posted to social media.

Irish Water also released a statement explaining why the south Dublin beaches had to close.

“Notices are displayed at the beaches and on the Environmental Protection Agency website advising the public of the restrictions.

“Separately bathing prohibitions are in place for the entire 2019 bathing season at Sandymount and Merrion beaches due to general water quality, however, the Environmental Protection Agency have instructed Dublin City Council to continue to declare incidents at these beaches whenever they occur.

Irish Water regrets the impact this may have on beach users.”

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