Swimming ban in place at Sandymount Strand after 'unsatisfactory' bathing water results

By Kim oLeary

A swimming ban is currently in place at Sandymount Strand after water sample tests were found to be "unsatisfactory", according to Dublin City Council.

A temporary bathing prohibition notice was issued for the beach on September 2, but this was extended after further test results from water sampling remained unsatisfactory.

It's bad luck for bathers as Met Eireann predicts that temperatures could reach as high as 26C today with warm conditions and sunny spells expected this week.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council confirmed to Dublin Live that the results of a repeat sample are expected tomorrow.

"Following unsatisfactory bathing water results at Sandymount Strand, a temporary bathing prohibition was erected on the 02/09/21. Sandymount Strand was resampled on 03/09/21, where results remained unsatisfactory.

"Thus, the prohibition has been extended & repeat samples were taken on Sunday 05/09/21. Results expected Wednesday 08/09/21. The HSE were consulted and EPA notified," they said.

Dublin City Council is responsible for monitoring water quality at its two designated bathing sites at Dollymount and Sandymount.

Assessment of water quality involves analysis of two types of bacteria (E coli and Intestinal Enterococci) which may be present in the water, and these bacteria are indicators of water quality.

Bathing water quality is classified in line with Bathing Water Regulations 2008 as ‘excellent’, ‘good’, ‘sufficient’ or ‘poor’ and these classifications are based on the concentrations of the two bacteria species detected in samples of bathing water.

The bathing season runs from June 1 to September 15 each year, with pre-season sampling commencing in mid-May.

According to the beaches.ie website, the water quality at Sandymount Strand has deteriorated due to suspected impacts from animals and birds.

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