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Swimming stopped at Clare beach due to high levels of E coli in the water

The high levels are linked to runoffs from recent rainfall.

Whitestrand, Doonbeg
Whitestrand, Doonbeg
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BATHING AT A beach in Clare has been prohibited due to high levels of bacteria in the water.

Clare County Council says that the decision to close the water at Whitestrand Doonbeg to the public was taken on advice from the HSE.

It added that the presence of the bacteria was related to recent rainfall, which can cause surface water run-off from agricultural lands.

“Clare County Council, on the advice of the Health Service Executive (HSE), has announced that due to elevated levels of bacteria (E coli) in the bathing water arising from heavy rainfall on Sunday night and Monday morning, swimming is prohibited at Whitestrand Doonbeg.

“Public bathing notices indicating that swimming is prohibited are being put in place.

“[The council] is carrying out an investigation into the cause of the pollution. We are hopeful that the restrictions could be lifted for the weekend pending that water test results from today and tomorrow are deemed by the HSE to be within bathing water quality limits.”

None of Clare’s other designated bathing waters are affected, the council added.

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