Buncrana swimming ban ends

Lady's Bay, Buncrana

Lady’s Bay, Buncrana

The ‘no-bathing notice for Lady’s Bay in Buncrana has been lifted – just in time for the best weather of the summer so far.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the temporary bathing ban on Wednesday 11 June and lifted it yesterday, Sunday 15 June.

The EPA issued the ban because water quality at Lady’s Bay had been affected due to extreme weather/flooding and run off from the Mill and Crana rivers which discharge on either side of the popular bathing spot.

Testing at Lady’s Bay on 11 June, carried out on behalf of Donegal County Council, found elevated levels of e.coli in the water. The safe limit for e.coli in bathing water is 2000 particles per 100ml of water; 2420 particles/100ml was detected at Lady’s Bay on 11 June.

A previous test on 28 May found no trace of e.coli or other contaminants.

Lady’s Bay had ‘good’ water quality standards for the 2012 and 2013 bathing seasons.

In 2012 the beach achieved a Green Flag award (one step below the coveted Blue Flag), but it lost it for 2013 and did not regain it this year.

In all, four beaches in Inishowen have their water quality tested for bathing purposes. The Blue Flag beaches at Shroove, Culdaff and Lisfannon all currently enjoy ‘excellent’ water quality.

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.

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