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Kilkee water results due tomorrow as advisory notices erected in Lahinch

13 August 2019

Clare County Council has confirmed that the full results of water quality tests conducted at Kilkee beach during Monday will be known on Wednesday afternoon.

The lifting of the existing bathing prohibition notice at Kilkee beach will be determined by the HSE, based on its review of the results tomorrow (Wednesday).

Meanwhile, bathing advisory notices have been erected on Lahinch beach due to an increase in the levels of bacteria found in a routine bathing water sample taken yesterday (Monday).  The excessive rainfall of recent weeks and resultant runoff from land surrounding Lahinch Bay has led to the detection of a greater concentration of bacteria levels.

The HSE has advised Clare County Council, as the local authority responsible for the county’s bathing water locations, to erect notices advising beach users of the potential increase in bacteria levels in the water.

In accordance with EPA guidance, beach users are being advised to:
• Avoid swallowing or splashing water
• Wash your hands before handling food
• Avoid swimming with an open cut or wound
• Avoid swimming if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system.

Clare County Council anticipates that the notices will remain in place until further water testing indicates a reduction in bacteria levels. Water testing is being carried out on a daily basis. In the meantime, Lifeguard cover in Lahinch is not affected by the notices.

Page last reviewed: 13/08/19

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