Prohibition on Swimming at Kerry Beach Due to Bacteria Levels

Kerry County Council has issued the following statement regarding bacteria levels found during routine tests on a beach in South Kerry.

Kerry County Council Statement

Following routine testing of the bathing waters at Inny Beach, Waterville which detected elevated levels of bacteria in the water and further to advice from the HSE, Kerry County Council has arranged for a notice prohibiting swimming at this location to be erected at Inny Beach.

Bacteria in Bathing Waters

The prohibition results from high rainfall in the large Inny river catchment which has brought bacteria from the surrounding countryside into the bathing waters.

This is a common occurrence at times of high rainfall following a dry period.

Bathing Water Regulations

This notice is being erected in accordance with the council’s protocols under the Bathing Water Regulations and will remain in place until further testing shows a reduction in the bacteria levels in the bathing waters.

Further tests are being carried out and the situation is being closely monitored.

Separately, bathing water quality tests at Waterville Town Beach showed no elevated bacteria levels.

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