Bathing ad­vi­sory no­tice is lifted

WA­TER QUAL­ITY POOR FOR PE­RIOD OF THREE DAYS

Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOGARTY

Swim­ming was pro­hib­ited at Grey­stones South Beach last week, with the bathing ad­vi­sory no­tice put in place on Wed­nes­day evening and lifted on Fri­day evening.

The no­tice was ini­tially put in place due to ‘poor mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal qual­ity of the bathing wa­ter.’ Mem­bers of the pub­lic were ad­vised not to swim at the South Beach un­til the no­tice was lifted.

By Fri­day evening, the re­sults of the bathing wa­ter qual­ity re­ports were ‘ex­cel­lent’.

Cllr Derek Mitchell of Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict said that he can’t re­call any pre­vi­ous ban on swim­ming in the area. He said that while he does not know what was behind the neg­a­tive re­sults, he spec­u­lated that it could be that de­bris got washed off the land fol­low­ing heavy rain. ‘It is a pop­u­lar beach for swim­ming,’ he said, adding that there was an open-sea swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion in the area on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Wick­low County Coun­cil con­ducts mon­i­tor­ing of its bathing wa­ters dur­ing the bathing sea­son from June 1, to Septem­ber 15 each year. Other lo­ca­tions in­clude Bray, Sil­ver Strand, Brit­tas Bay and Clogga Beach.

On oc­ca­sion, warn­ing no­tices may be is­sued ad­vis­ing against bathing at bathing wa­ters where the Lo­cal Author­ity in con­sul­ta­tion with the Health Ser­vice Ex­ec­u­tive, has rea­son to be­lieve, that the wa­ter qual­ity may be in­suf­fi­cient and present an in­creased risk to bathers health.

(Above and right) A no­tice at Grey­stones South Beach last week ad­vis­ing the pub­lic not to swim due to the bathing wa­ter qual­ity.

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