By Dan Walsh
Do Not Swim notices have been erected at Ballymoney North (Blue Flag and Identified Bathing Beach), Duncannon (Identified Bathing Beach) and Booley Bay Beach (Green Coast each) after routine testing conducted as part of Wexford County Council’s bathing water sampling programme showed breaches of the mandatory levels for E.coli and Intestinal Enterococci at the three Wexford beaches.
Following consultation with the HSE, the Council has been decided to issue Do Not Swim warning notices at the affected beaches in the interest of public health and in accordance with the Bathing Water Quality Regulations.
Technical staff from Wexford County Council are currently investigating the matter and while the exact source of contamination is not yet fully identified, the elevated levels of E. Coli and Intestinal Enterococci may be partly attributable to recent spells of heavy rain.
Further water quality samples have been taken today and results are expected on Saturday. Beach lifeguards at Ballymoney North and Duncannon Beaches will fly a red flag indicating swimming is prohibited while signage to this effect will also be placed at Booley Bay Beach. Members of the public are requested to abide by these restrictions until further notice.
Wexford County Council wishes to assure the public that water quality results for 15 other beaches sampled along the Wexford coastline have been excellent with no issues encountered.
More information on bathing water quality can be obtained on www.beaches.ie