Water Quality on Fingal Beaches

July 7, 2015 0

With  the good weather set to return over the coming days, beach goers are advised to keep up to date with the water quality reports on Fingal beaches.   Temporary advisory notices have been issued advising against bathing in respect of all identified beaches in Fingal:  Balbriggan Front beach; Balcarrick Beach, Donabate; Claremont Beach, Howth; Loughshinny Beach; Malahide Beach; The Brook Beach, Portrane; Skerries South Beach and Velvet Strand Beach, Portmarnock,  arising from the rainfall event on 6th July.

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The sign reads as follows:

PRIOR WARNING

Bathers are advised of the possibility of an increase in the levels of bacteria in the bathing water over the coming days due to urban runoff.

To reduce the risk of illness, beach users should take the following precautions:

  • Avoid swallowing or splashing water
  • Wash your hands before handling food
  • Avoid swimming with an open cut or wound
  • Avoid swimming if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system

Higher levels of bacteria are usually short-lived and most bathers are unlikely to experience any illness.

Likely cause: Possible effect on water quality due to urban runoff

Expected duration: 3 days

Actions taken/proposed: HSE informed sampling

For further details contact Fingal County Council environmental division 01 8905000 or  visit  http://splash.epa.ie/

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