Do not Swim Notices and Prior Warning Notices lifted from 4 Fingal beaches but extended for Front Strand Balbriggan

August 29, 2020 0

The temporary Do Not Swim notices issued on Wednesday August 26th for Rush North and Skerries South Beaches and the Prior Warning Notices issued August 24th 2020 for Velvet Strand Portmarnock and Loughshinny have been lifted by Fingal County Council.  However the Do not Swim Notice issued on August 26th was extended for Front Strand Balbriggan for 6 days due to a poor water quality result.

do_not_swim_noticeResults received today (29th August, 2020) from samples taken on 27th August indicate a return to excellent status for all but Front Strand, Balbriggan resulting in the removal of 4 notices.However, at Front Strand, Balbriggan beach the Prohibition (Do not swim) Notice raised will be replaced and the restriction on bathing extended for 6 days.

Investigations are ongoing and no reportable sewage overflows/blockages were found.  Sampling of the River Bracken and this bathing water will continue and investigation of other sources of contamination are being progressed.

Please note that as a result of requests by frequent swimmers for the above information, Fingal County Council will now issue notifications via our Fingal Alerts service in addition to existing communication methods.

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 at www.beaches.ie or by checking the notice board at the entrance to each beach.