Stormwater overflow from Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant

Due to adverse weather conditions during a yellow weather warning event last night, there was a stormwater overflow from Ringsend Wastewater treatment plant. The stormwater overflow operated in compliance with regulations, and was fully screened and settled. Dublin City Council in consultation with the Health Service Executive have put bathing prohibition notices in place at Dollymount, Merrion and Sandymount beaches.

Bathing prohibitions in place for Sandymount and Merrion beaches

Bathing prohibitions are in place for the entire 2019 bathing season at Sandymount and Merrion beaches due to general water quality, however, the Environmental Protection Agency have instructed Dublin City Council to continue to declare incidents at these beaches whenever they occur.

Bathing prohibition for Forty Foot, Seapoint, Sandycove, Killiney and Whiterock beaches

Separately, stormwater overflows occurred at the West Pier Pumping Station in Dún Laoghaire, and the Killiney Pumping Station. Following consultation with the HSE, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have put bathing prohibition notices in place at the Forty Foot, Seapoint, Sandycove, Killiney and Whiterock beaches.

Further sampling to take place next week

This advice remains in place pending further sampling results of the bathing waters next week. It is hoped at this point that the notices can be lifted. Notices are displayed at the beaches and on the Environmental Protection Agency website advising the public of the restrictions.

We regret the impact this may have on beach users.


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