Bathing advisory notice is lifted
WATER QUALITY POOR FOR PERIOD OF THREE DAYS
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.