Thursday 23 May 2019

Swimming banned at Sandymount and Killiney beaches

A woman walks her dogs along Sandymount beach. Photo: Steve Humphreys
A woman walks her dogs along Sandymount beach. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Paul Melia Environment Correspondent

SWIMMING has been banned on one of the capital’s most popular beaches.

Dublin City Council has placed temporary ban on bathing at Sandymount strand after water samples did not comply with quality standards.

The ban will be in place until at least Friday, pending the outcome of futher tests.

Among the reasons for the poor quality could include weather, faecal matter from dogs and birds and overflows from drains.

Meanwhile, swimmers are also temporarily banned at Killiney and White Rock beaches in south Dublin.

Water samples taken at these locations on Monday indicated that the water quality at these locations did not comply with the minimum standards set down for Bathing Waters.

Prior to this sample, 15 of the 16 samples taken in Killiney in 2014 were classified as "Excellent" quality and one was classified as "Good" quality. While in White Rock there were also 16 samples taken and all were classified as "Excellent" quality.

A further sample has been taken today the result of which will be available on Friday, 18th July, 2014. If the water quality is in accordance with the required standards the prohibition notice will be lifted.

The Council has not yet determined the cause of this event but is carrying out an investigation.

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