Published on : Thursday, August 27, 2020
A number of beaches across Dublin have been recently issued with “do not swim” notices following an increase in bacteria levels. The notices were issued by Fingal County Council for Rush North, Skerries South and Front Strand, and Balbriggan Beach for four days.
It has been reported that an increase in bacteria levels was detected in bathing water samples taken on Tuesday, August 25. The local authority has informed that the probable reason behind the increased bacteria levels was an urban and agricultural run-off and an investigation has already been commenced. On Thursday, August 27 a seawater re-sample will be taken at the beaches and the results will be available on Saturday, August 29 after which the notices will be reviewed.
The council has mentioned in a statement that the though the beaches remain open, beach users have been asked to respect the notices as they have been put in place to ensure that the health of bathers is not compromised. It has been informed that members of the public can check for water quality at any of the monitored bathing waters in Ireland in advance by accessing the EPA website or by checking the notice board at the entrance to each beach.