Sunday 19 November 2017

Swimming banned at four bathing spots

SWIMMING bans are in place in four popular bathing spots in Dublin and Westmeath.

"Do not swim" notices have been posted at Killiney, White Rock and Sandymount Strand in Dublin, with a prohibition notice also in place at Lilliput, Lough Ennell in Co Westmeath.

This is because water samples taken in recent days indicated that standards to protect public health were not being met.

A ban at Lilliput will remain in place until after the weekend. The water quality is affected due to a suspected sewage discharge from a wastewater treatment plant, or sewer network.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council put a temporary ban in place at Killiney and White Rock on Wednesday, because samples did not comply with standards. Dublin City Council was forced to take similar action after a sample taken from Sandymount Strand failed to meet quality controls.

The council said it could have arisen due to weather and tidal conditions, faecal matter from dogs or birds, or overflows from drains, which could result in a temporary fall in quality.

Test results to be received today will indicate if the bans will be lifted.

Irish Independent

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