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Thursday 17 August 2017

Swimming banned at popular areas after tests find bacteria

The water at Killiney Beach, Blackrock and Seapoint was found to have high levels of E. coli and Enterococci Photo: Reuters
The water at Killiney Beach, Blackrock and Seapoint was found to have high levels of E. coli and Enterococci Photo: Reuters

Alan O'Keeffe

A bathing ban has been imposed at three places in south Dublin after seawater was contaminated with high levels of harmful bacteria E. coli and Enterococci.

The temporary ban on swimming at Killiney Beach, Blackrock and Seapoint bathing areas will remain in force until Monday.

The prohibition warning was issued yesterday by Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Council after test results revealed the presence of the dangerous bacteria at the popular swimming areas.

Council officials also issued warnings to pet owners to be aware that the poor quality of the water is not suitable for animals and that dogs should be kept out of the water at the three bathing areas until Monday.

The council initially issued warnings for Killiney and Blackrock and followed up with a second warning extending the swim ban to Seapoint.

Water quality in areas of Dublin Bay has been known to deteriorate after very heavy rains and the high level of rainfall in recent days is being linked to the prohibition notice.

A cause for the current contamination has not yet been announced.

Councillor Cormac Devlin, a Fianna Fáil member of the council and former cathaoirleach, told RTÉ that it was "alarming" that the ban was needed following the last prohibition notice issued in January.

He called for the cause to be identified and addressed "once and for all".

Irish Independent

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