Bathing prohibited at popular local beaches

THREE Waterford beaches were hit with temporary ‘Do Not Swim’ notices last week.
Waterford City & County Council implemented the notices on Thursday last for Kilmurrin Cove on the Copper Coast, Counsellors Strand in Dunmore East and Ardmore in West Waterford.
The water quality was deemed to have deteriorated due to high bacterial counts detected following heavy rain.On Friday, following water retests, the local authority lifted the bathing restrictions at both Ardmore and Counsellors Strand with immediate effect.

Kilmurrin Cove on the Copper Coast. Photo: Michael Faulkner.

Kilmurrin Cove on the Copper Coast. Photo: Michael Faulkner.

However, the no bathing advice for Kilmurrin Cove remains in place until further notice.
Waterford Council says further advice will be issued when retest results become available.
During the summer bathing season, Waterford City & Council monitors 30 local bathing areas.
Testing is conducted, on behalf of the Council, by the Environmental Health section of the Health Service Executive.Ardmore, Bonmahon, Clonea, Counsellors Strand, Dunmore Main Strand and Tramore are tested every two weeks.

Samples are taken every four weeks at Woodstown, Guillamene, Newtown Cove, Ballyquin, Curragh, Goat Island, Annestown, Ballyvooney, Boatstrand, Kilfarrassey, Whiting Bay, and Stradbally Cove.Other smaller areas are tested on average once per season.

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