Update on Status of Temporary Prohibition of Bathing at Sandymount Strand

A temporary Prohibition of Bathing at Sandymount Strand has been in effect by Dublin City Council since Wednesday, 16th July, 2014. The results of a further sample taken on the beach on the 16th July 2014 have confirmed  that, on that day, the quality of the bathing water was in compliance with the standard required under the Bathing Water Regulations 2008.
However following a period of intense rainfall today, Friday, 18th July, in the general Sandymount area and its environs, an emergency overflow facility in the local drainage network was activated resulting in an overflow onto Sandymount Strand.
As a result of this and in consultation with the HSE, it has been decided, as a precaution, to replace the temporary Prohibition of Bathing Notice with a Bathing Water Advisory Notice. This notice does not prohibit bathing but recommends that people do not bathe at this location until such time as it can be established through water quality testing that the quality of the bathing water in Sandymount satisfies the requirements of the Bathing Water Regulations 2008.
A sample of bathing water will be taken at Sandymount Strand today, Friday 18th July 2014, the results of which will be available on Monday, 21st July 2014 at which stage a further review will be carried out.
For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office
Notes to the Editor:
Over the course of each bathing season of 15 weeks (1st June – 15th September) Dublin City Council takes 20 bathing water samples on each of its designated beaches, Dollymount Strand, Sandymount Strand and Merrion Strand   These samples are analysed to determine the level of compliance with the quality standards set down by the EPA in accordance with the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008. The results of the analysis are reported to the EPA and they make them available to the public on their website Splash - http://splash.epa.ie/  This information is also placed on the Dublin City Council’s website. Test results are available within two to three days of sampling.