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Out for a swim? Avoid these three Dublin beaches

Fingal County Council says the problem is being taken care of by Irish Water.

Image: William Murphy via Flickr/CC

DO NOT SWIM notices have been put in place at three Dublin beaches.

The notices have been put in place at Velvet Strand Beach, Portmarnock; Balbriggan Front Strand Beach and Skerries South Beach.

The prohibitive notices have been issued as a precautionary measure following overflows at the Portmarnock Strand Pumping Station and Hampton Cove Pumping Station, Balbriggan due to technical problems.

The Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, says he has been assured by Irish Water that they view the issue as serious and engineers are currently on site at both pumping stations.

The acting Managing Director of Irish Water, Jerry Grant, has assured me they have prioritised the matter and are doing everything they can to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

The Do Not Swim notices will remain in place until the results of water sampling tests are made available to the Council on Thursday. If the results are satisfactory the notices will be withdrawn.

“It is done to ensure that the health of bathers is not compromised. Beach users are requested to respect the notices when they are in place,” the council said in a statement.

“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 http://splash.epa.ie/# or by checking the notice board at the entrance to each beach.”

Fingal said that the notices are done as a “precautionary measure” when the quality of the water is believed to have deteriorated.

The problems at Portmarnock have been ongoing since last week.

Read: Fingal County Council issues warning about another three beaches

Read: Swimming forbidden at four Dublin beaches due to sewage discharge

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