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Water contamination fears force authorities to ban swimming

By Sheetal Sukhija, Ireland News
12 Jul 2018, 05:31 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - Amid water contamination fears, the Fingal County Council has issued a ‘do not swim notice’ at Claremont Beach in Howth, Dublin.

The concil said that the ‘do not swim’ notice at Claremont Beach is temporary during which time bathers have been told to avoid beach water for 72 hours.

The ban has been placed due to suspected contamination of the water from animals and birds and from urban surface waters discharging into the bathing water.

According to the council, it is conducting further testing of the beach water on Tuesday and the results of laboratory analysis will be available on Thursday. 

Council officials have said that if the tests come back clear, the beach can then re-open for bathing.

Since the summer bathing season commenced, the council has been collecting bathing water samples from beaches every fortnight.

It has said that since then, the water has been at an “excellent” standard in each test.

The council has said that the beach remains open but that those visiting the beach have been asked not to swim.

They said that the notice has been put in place to ensure the health of bathers is not compromised.

Further, the council has advised that members of the public intending to enter the water at any beach in Ireland are advised to check the water quality in advance. 

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