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Same day text alert needed Dublin Bay

2 July 2019

Statement by Senator Kevin Humphreys
Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Labour Senator Kevin Humphrys has requested that Irish Water establish a same day text alert system for users of Dublin Bay to alert people of swimming bans over the summer months. 

Senator Humphreys said:

"The worrying statement from the EPA today, coupled with recent swimming bans highlight the need for same text alerts for users of Dublin Bay. Today's statement from the EPA highlighting concerns of unsafe treatment standards and wastewater discharge at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant is very concerning. 

"We have seen swimming bans across Dublin this summer, and every summer in recent years. There are a variety of users of Dublin Bay - swimmers, kite surfers, walkers and kayakers. 

"For their health and safety, Irish Water should provide a same day text alert for above average pollution levels and any swimming bans which are put in place. I have spoken to many users of Dublin Bay who have been alerted of swimming bans after having already visited popular swimming areas that week. 

"Given that it will 2023 before the planned expansion to the plant will be completed, it is reasonable to estimate that there will be more swimming bans for the foreseeable future. The same day text alert system would be a practical and effective way to communicate with Dublin bay users."