Swimming ban imposed on Ballybunion beaches

Tests taken on Monday last indicated an elevated level of e-coli on Ballybunion beaches

SWIMMING in holiday hotspot Ballybunion is off limits until further notice.

Kerry County Council has today erected bathing prohibition notices at Ballybunion north and south beaches advising the public that they should not swim there until further water samples, taken this morning, are tested with the results expected within 48 hours.

Tests taken on Monday last indicated an elevated level of e-coli associated with bacterial input from the catchment associated with the very high rainfall on Saturday when the Valentia met station recorded 28.9mm.

The impact of catchments at times of high rainfall on bathing water quality is a common occurrence at this time of year associated.

As required under European bathing water regulations, Kerry County Council carries out testing of designated bathing waters during the bathing season from June to September. Heavy rainfall in the catchments can collect and deposit bacteria, mainly from animal faeces, at the river outflows close to beaches. In instances where the levels of bacteria arising from testing exceed stated levels in the bathing water regulations, the council is obliged by the HSE to erect bathing notices to protect public health.

Any further queries can be directed to the council’s environment section on 066-7163486.

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