Eight Dublin beaches have been closed to swimmers because of a significant wastewater leak.
Last night’s heavy rain triggered an overflow, which sent partially-treated sewage into Dublin Bay and the River Liffey.
It means Seapoint, Sandycove, the 40 foot, Killiney and Whiterock will be closed until at least six tomorrow evening.
While Dollymount, Merrion and Sandymount beaches are also shut to swimmers.
Dublin City Council received notification from Irish Water that there had been a significant overflow from the storm storage tanks at the Ringsend Wastewater treatment plant into the River Liffey during the early hours of this morning.
There are three bathing beaches in Dublin City at Dollymount, Merrion and Sandymount beaches. Dublin City Council has consulted with the EPA and the HSE and is issuing Bathing Prohibitions on all three beaches based on this information and notices will be placed at the three locations and on the Council’s website.
The Council will continue to monitor water quality at each of these bathing waters and keep the public informed of bathing water quality in accordance with the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008.
The Council notes that season long bathing water prohibitions are already in place in the case of both Merrion and Sandymount strands and that these will remain in place.
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