Saturday 24 March 2018

Bathing water in Duncannon worst in county

Fun in The Sun on Duncannon Beach on Wednesday afternoon.
Fun in The Sun on Duncannon Beach on Wednesday afternoon.

David Looby

PLANS for new treatment facilities are being considered in parts of South Wexford following the latest batch of bathing water results for Duncannon beach.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that bathing water results for Duncannon beach have sparked proposals for treatment facilities at Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Dunncannon and that the seaside village ranked lowest in the county in the recent water quality report.

All of Wexford's beaches except Duncannon had their bathing water graded as 'good', while it was rated as 'sufficient'.

The EPA's Tony Dolan said the role of his agency was to report the status of bathing water and if any beaches are rated as either 'sufficent' or 'poor' they discuss with local authorities any potential pollution problems in the area and how they plan to address it.

'It is often more than one issue and it can be that the existing sewage facilities are under pressure especially after heavy rainfall,' he said.

'Duncannon also has a stream feeding onto the beach that comes from a long way away and there can be an influence upstream,'

Duncannon's beautiful sandy beach was closed in 2012 after testing by the EPA showed Ecoli levels were well over the mandatory limit.

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