Swimming bans have been put in place at eight Dublin beaches after the latest overflow at the Ringsend Water Treatment Plant sent wastewater flowing into Dublin Bay.
Dublin City Council said Irish Water had informed it of a “significant overflow” into the River Liffey from the storm storage tanks at the plant
The utility said the overflow was due to the significant rainfall over the Dublin area last night.
The council is now issuing swimming bans for Dollymount, Merrion and Sandymount strands.
It said it will continue to monitor the water and will lift the bans as soon as quality is at the required standard.
Bathing Prohibitions are currently in place for Dollymount, Merrion and Sandymount beaches. This was as a result of adverse weather conditions and significant rainfall over the Dublin area last night. Full details: https://t.co/h1vTnQfZKg pic.twitter.com/BLQyn4iZ22
— Dublin City Council (@DubCityCouncil) August 9, 2019
Meanwhile, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) has banned swimming at Seapoint, Sandycove, The Forty Foot, Killiney and Whiterock.
The Dun Laoghaire ban will remain in place until 6pm tomorrow at the earliest - with the situation to be review thereafter.
Following the significant rainfall last night, Irish Water have confirmed that waste water overflows have occurred from their treatment plant network.
Bathing prohibition for Seapoint, Sandycove, 40ft, Killiney and Whiterock until tommorrow at 6pmhttps://t.co/twdfaTpSje pic.twitter.com/GCIelhl0OF
— dlrcc (@dlrcc) August 9, 2019
Written notices are currently being erected at all the affected beaches.
Season-long swimming bans unrelated to the Ringsend plant were already in place at Merrion and Sandymount.