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Do not swim notice issued for two Dublin beaches due to high levels of sewage

The likely cause of the lower water quality at both locations is sewage from a wastewater treatment plant or sewer network.

Rush, South Beach
Rush, South Beach
Image: Fingal.ie

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN warned not to swim at two beaches in north Dublin due to the suspected presence of sewage.

Fingal County Council issued a Do Not Swim notice for Loughshinny and Rush South beaches as a result of high levels of microbial contamination found in routine samples taken from the water on Monday.

The likely cause of the lower water quality at both locations is sewage from a wastewater treatment plant or sewer network.

The HSE advised that swimming should be prohibited at the beaches until levels return to normal.

The beaches remain open but users have been told not to swim there.

Another sample was taken today at both beaches and sent for testing with the results due at the weekend.

Members of the public intending to enter the water at any beach in Ireland are advised to check the water quality in advance by accessing the EPA website at www.beaches.ie or checking the notice board at the entrance to each beach.

Read: Now you can find out where the safest, cleanest beaches are before you leave home

Read: Irish beaches left covered in rubbish after thousands soaked up the sun

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