Irish Water said that repair and upgrade works at Kilkee Wastewater Pumping Station needed to lift the ongoing swimming ban should be completed by mid-May in time for 2017 bathing season.
A ‘Do Not Swim’ notice has been in place on the popular bathing spot since December pending the completion of this repair works.
The notice was placed by Clare County Council in the interest of public safety just days before the annual Christmas Swim, which as a result was forced to cancel. This was the second time a swimming ban had been placed on the beach in a six month period.
The ban followed an emergency discharge of storm water into the sea via Kilkee beach. The emergency discharge occurred due to a failure in an operational safety device at the pumping station, combined with heavy rainfall in the area.
Work to install the new equipment at the pumping station will continue throughout March and April and Irish Water hopes that this will be completed by mid-May.
In the interim, the Do Not Swim notice issued by Clare County Council remains in place and users of Kilkee beach are advised not to swim or participate in other water sports in the area. Beach users should avoid swallowing or splashing water and wash hands before handling food.
Maurice Hourigan, Wastewater Lead with Irish Water, said “Since this incident occurred at the end of December, resolving it has been a top priority project for Irish Water. We now hope to have completed this work by mid-May, ahead of the start of the 2017 bathing season. Irish Water apologizes for any inconvenience that this incident may cause to the users of Kilkee beach and will continue to work as a matter of urgency to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”