Popular Rush beach fails stricter new EU water quality rules
A BEACH on Dublin's northside was among one of seven bathing spots that failed to meet quality standards last year.
The South Beach in Rush was the only one in Dublin to fail new, stricter EU bathing standards, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Fingal County Council and Irish Water will now have to put plans in place to tackle the problem of poor quality bathing water at the popular beach.
The council is now planning to introduce inspections of nearby septic tanks and to begin dog fouling inspections in the area.
In the longer term, there are proposals to connect Rush to the wider sewerage scheme that serves Portrane, Donabate and Lusk.
"The test will be whether or not we see the necessary improvements in water quality at these beaches," said the EPA's Paul Webster.
Scientist Mr Webster also pointed out that although water quality may be poor, it does not necessarily mean it is unsafe to swim in.
Bathers should take care to note any information signs posted on the beach before going into the sea.
Six other swimming spots around the country also failed to meet quality standards including beaches in Cork, Galway and Waterford.