The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is extremely disappointed to learn that a discharge of sewage and rain water occurred from Irish Water’s Ringsend treatment plant.
We learnt of this discharge from elected members of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the local authority themselves shortly after 5pm on Thursday 6th June. We would like to extend our gratitude to local authority members and staff, including the staff in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for sharing the information so promptly with us.
Unfortunately, we have developed an “unclean water procedure”, sadly necessitated by events such as this in the past. We have once again activated this procedure. The mainstay of this procedure is to avoid anyone actually going in the water by utilising different equipment, along with rigorous handwashing and hygiene practises as an additional layer of protection.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have wisely issued a “Temporary bathing prohibition notice” until the 12th of June (7 days) and will undertake water sampling. We will keep a close eye on developments and amend our procedures as required.
We’re fortunate to have the facilities, equipment and experience developed over forty years to have on standby alternatives for course participants on our Summer courses for situations such as this.
We have communicated with all parents and current course participants and will be in touch with those scheduled for courses within the next 7 days tomorrow (Friday 7th June). If we have missed anyone, please do get in touch with us on 01 2844195 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This situation is extremely disappointing, as it lends credence to the argument that the recreational and economic benefits of a clean and inviting bay for watersports are not really on the radar.