Swimming prohibited in two areas in Askeaton until further notice
A swimming ban has been imposed in two areas of Asseaton due to higher than acceptable levels of bacteria.
Swimming is prohibited in Gurt at the Askeaton Swimming Club and in an area known as Lep in the town until further notice.
Staff attached to the Limerick City and County Council Company Lab have carried out water quality tests at both locations over the past few days.
The results showed excessive levels of E. coli and enterococci in the water samples compared to the limits set by the Bathing Water Regulations, indicating that the water was not of sufficient quality for swimming.
Following instructions from HSE Mid-West Public Health, the City and County Council of Limerick have now banned all swimming in both areas.
Swimming will be prohibited until further notice.
Investigations are underway to locate the source of the bacteria, with water samples being taken at regular intervals to monitor water quality.
Although Gurt and The Lep are not officially designated swimming areas in Limerick, the Council is aware that these are extremely popular places for the people of the Askeaton area.
Limerick City and County Council urges everyone to obey the ban and not to swim in the water.
Posters were put up in both places to inform people of the swimming ban.