By Dan Walsh
Wexford County Council today (Saturday) confirmed that further sampling obtained at Duncannon and Morriscastle beaches have returned “excellent water quality results.” Do Not Swim and Swim Advisory notices are removed with immediate effect.
Last Thursday Wexford County Council erected ‘Do Not Swim’ notice at Duncannon after routine testing conducted as part of the Council’s bathing water sampling programme showed breaches of the mandatory levels for E.coli at the above beach. Following consultation with the HSE, the Council has decided to issue the warning notice at the affected beach in the interest of public health and in accordance with the Bathing Water Quality Regulations.
Simultaneously, a Swim Advisory notice was placed at Morriscastle due to elevated levels of E-coli but within mandatory limits.
It is now safe to swim in these places after technical staff from Wexford County Council carried out further tests and investigation and it is understood that the elevated levels of E. Coli may be partly attributable to recent spells of heavy rain.
More information on bathing water quality can be obtained at www.beaches.ie