20/08/2012

Cork Beaches Remain Closed While E. coli Tests Continue

Seven beaches in Co Cork remain closed to swimmers while the council await the result of tests on the water.

The beaches will remain closed until at least Wednesday.

Cork County Council has advised against swimming at the beaches due to concerns about levels of the E. coli bacteria in the water.

The council said further sampling is being carried out today at Youghal, Claycastle, Redbarn, Coolmain, Garretstown, Oysterhaven and Garryvoe beaches.

Public notices banning swimming were first posted last Friday.

Cork County Council said the closures were introduced as a precautionary measure after heavy rainfall over the last two months caused the levels of E coli at the beaches to breach EU mandatory permitted values.

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