Why is Brittas being closed?
THE exact cause of a drop in water quality in Brittas Bay during the week still hasn't been determined. A Bathing Prohibition Notice had been placed on the South Beach on Thursday because of the poor microbiological water quality of a sample taken two days earlier.
The notice was lifted by Wicklow County Council on Saturday as a sample of water taken on Thursday 'found that the bathing water quality is excellent'.
However, the council acknowledges that the reason for the poor microbiological quality 'is not known', though 'it was noted at the time of sampling that the sea was quite choppy and churning up sand, so this may be a factor'.
Cllr John Snell has said it is imperative that the local authority finds out the cause of the problem.
'At the end of the day, everything possible has to be done to safe-guard this from happening again. That's difficult to do when you don't know what the real problem is. The water quality may now be excellent but what caused the initial scare?'