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Dublin: 11 °C Monday 22 December, 2014

Temporary ban on bathing in place at Sandymount Strand

Water samples taken today did not comply with minimum standards for swimming.

Family at Sandymount Strand
Family at Sandymount Strand

PACK UP THE bucket and spade and put the kids back in the car.

Dublin City Council has placed a temporary ban on bathing today at Sandymount Strand after water quality samples did not comply with minimum standards for swimming.

The water samples were taken at Sandymount Strand and Half Moon Swimming Club (South Wall).

Water samples

Results from a further sample taken today will be available on Friday.

If the water quality sample meets the required standards the prohibition notice will be lifted, said the council.

The cause behind the failure in water samples has not yet been determined, but Dublin City Council said they are carrying out further investigations.

The council said that bathing water quality can be temporarily impacted by factors such as weather and tidal conditions, faecal matter from dogs and birds and temporary overflows from drains.

Dublin City Council has consulted with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on this matter.

Updates will be posted on the Dublin City Council website and their social media channels.

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