Wednesday 19 June 2019

Bloomsday swim could be called off after sewage leak into sea water

 

A swimming ban remains in place at Dollymount. Photo: Collins
A swimming ban remains in place at Dollymount. Photo: Collins
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

A bathing ban remains in place at Dollymount Strand amid concerns that a Bloomsday swim to be attended by up to 600 could be affected.

Dublin City Council announced temporary restrictions had been lifted on Sandymount and Merrion strands yesterday evening just after 4pm, but a swimming ban remains in place at Dollymount.

A Dublin City Council spokeswoman said: "Further sample results for Dollymount are expected [tomorrow] and the temporary restriction will be reviewed again then."

The restrictions were put in place after an overflow at the Ringsend water treatment plant caused sewage to flow into Dublin Bay last week.

The bans were lifted at all beaches in the Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown area on Sunday night after tests found the water quality had returned to normal.

Irish Water blamed the overflow on last week's heavy rains, stating the plant "operated as designed" adding that it is not possible to "build a plant that can cope with every single rainfall event that ever occurs."

Irish Water said it is planning €400m worth of improvements to ensure the plant can deal with higher rainfall.

Clontarf Green Party Councillor Donna Cooney said: "There's a Bloomsday event on Sunday and 600 people are interested in swimming, so we are concerned the ban is not yet lifted."

Cllr Cooney said it was good that the council's engineers were "erring on the side of caution" with several tests, as there are pregnant and "vulnerable people" who swim in the waters.

Irish Independent

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