No swim notices in place at two Cork beaches following potential issues with water quality

No swim notices in place at two Cork beaches following potential issues with water quality

The public is being warned not to swim at two Cork beaches following water quality issues. Pictured is Coolmian Beach. Picture: David Creedon / Anzenberger

The public is being warned not to swim at two Cork beaches following potential water quality issues.

This afternoon Cork County Council stated that due to an Irish Water wastewater infrastructure failure at Timoleague, there may be a possible impact on bathing water at Courtmacsherry Bay Beach.

"Following consultation with the HSE as a precaution, a Prohibition Notice is being placed at Courtmacsherry Bay Beach today," the council stated.

Irish Water and Cork County Council are on site carrying out investigations at Timoleague. 

"Samples will be taken from the bathing water at Courtmacsherry Bay Beach in the coming days and the situation will be reviewed as investigations progress and when full results are available," the council stated.

The council has also implemented a bathing restriction at Coolmain Beach.

This also follows the wastewater infrastructure failure at Timoleague.

The council has said samples will be taken from Coolmain bathing water in the coming days and the situation will be reviewed as investigations progress and when full results are available.

Statement from Irish Water

In a statement this afternoon Irish Water said it is working to resolve the overflow of wastewater in Timoleague, which may have affected the bathing water at Coolmaine beach and surrounding areas including Courtmacsherry. 

"Crews have been on the ground since 2am working to resolve this issue and a full technical investigation is underway.

"A suspected break in a sewerage main is believed to be the cause of the discharge. 

"Irish Water is investigating the incident and working to repair the local infrastructure at this time. 

"In the meantime tankers are onsite to collect wastewater and minimise any further impact."

Irish Water has said it is likely the bathing prohibition notice at Coolmain beach will remain in place for a number of days pending the repairs of the sewerage mains and the results of sampling of the bathing waters early next week.

"Irish Water regrets this incident and any inconvenience it may have caused. We are working hard to resolve the issue at this time and ensure that it does not recur," they added. 

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