A fresh swim warning has been issued for Youghal’s Front Strand beach, just hours after a previous warning had been lifted.
Bathers are advised not to swim at Front Strand due to a potential increase in bacteria levels due to stormwater overflow from the wastewater network.
The warning is expected to remain in place for six days. New water samples will be taken on Monday.
While bathing is not advised, those who do go swimming are warned to avoid swallowing or splashing water and to wash their hands before handling food.
People with a compromised immune system, those who are pregnant, or anyone with an open cut are also warned against entering the water at Front Strand.
The warning was put in place yesterday afternoon just hours after a previous warning was lifted.
Front Strand was one of a number of Cork beaches that had ‘Prior Warning’ notices in place due to the possibility of elevated bacteria levels in the waters.
Youghal Claycastle, Garryvoe, Cadogan’s Strand, Fountainstown, and Tragumna all had similar warnings in place.
The warnings were all lifted after new water samples were taken.
Separately, an outright swimming ban that was in place at The Warren beach near Rosscarbery was lifted yesterday.
Heavy rainfall can often overflow local wastewater networks, increasing bacteria levels in bathing waters. Runoff from nearby fields can also elevate readings of harmful bacteria such as e.coli.