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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Swim ban hits beaches after bacteria scare

THE temperatures may be soaring, but Dubliners heading to three popular beaches to cool off will have to go elsewhere if they want to take a dip.

Dublin City Council has placed a temporary ban on bathing at Sandymount Strand because of concerns about water quality.

And Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has banned swimming at Killiney and White Rock beaches due to "high levels of E. Coli and Enterococci contaminants".

Samples taken at the locations on Monday were not in line with quality standards.

No-swimming signs were erected at the beaches as the local authorities sought to solve the problem.

In relation to Sandymount, a city council spokesman said: "Dublin City Council has not, as yet, determined the cause of this event but is carrying out further investigations.

"Bathing water quality can be temporarily impacted by factors such as weather and tidal conditions, faecal matter from dogs and birds and temporary overflows from drains."

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown is investigating the high levels of E. Coli and Enterococci, with Killiney's blue flag removed pending the outcome.

Samples will be taken tomorrow at all three beaches, and they will be re-opened - or not - for swimming depending on the results.

disappointing

Sandymount resident Tony Newman (68) said last night: "It's disappointing for the children that they will not be able to swim as it is the school holidays and the weather is hot."

Stephen Murphy (39), from Ballyfermot, said the no-swimming signs need to be more visible.

Temperatures are set to reach 24C today, according to Met Eireann.

fdillon@herald.ie

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