Pair of popular northside beaches hit with do not swim notices due to high diarrhoea-causing bacteria levels

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Two popular northside Dublin beaches have been hit with do not swim notices after high levels of bacteria were found in the water.

Burrow Beach in Sutton and Skerries’ South Strand have been issued the notices after water samples returned high levels of bacteria in the water.

Bathers were being urged to stay out of the water at South Strand yesterday due to the presence of high levels of e.coli in the water.

Fingal County Council issued the notice yesterday, saying people at the beach should avoid swimming and wash their hands before eating anything if they have gotten them wet.

They added today: “The existing advisory notice on Skerries South Beach has been elevated to a Do Not Swim notice given results received today Wednesday 21st July 2021.

“Resamples from Burrow Beach, Sutton, and Skerries South Beach were taken this morning with results due this Friday, 23rd July. If the resample results are satisfactory the Do Not Swim notices can be lifted this Friday 23rd July.

“Seawater re-samples were taken today 21st July 2021 at these beaches, the results will be available on Friday 23rd July, 2021 and the Do Not Swim notices will be reviewed.

“The beaches remain open but beach users are asked to respect the ‘Do Not Swim’ notices as they have been put in place to ensure that the health of bathers is not compromised.

“Members of the public can check for water quality at any of the monitored bathing waters in Ireland in advance by accessing the EPA website at www.beaches.ie or by checking the notice board at the entrance to each beach.”

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