Fianna Fáil by-election candidate for Dublin Bay South, Deirdre Conroy, has welcomed a commitment from Irish Water to extend its Ultra Violet (UV) disinfection system on the final discharge at the Ringsend Waste Water Treatment Plant beyond the current bathing season.

Bathing water quality continues to improve nationally, with 96 per cent of bathing waters meeting or exceeding the minimum required standard in 2020. In Dublin, all 17 designated bathing waters were classified as sufficient or better in 2020.

The Dublin Bay South by-election candidate commented, “I was delighted to hear that my party colleague and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, has received a commitment from Irish Water to extend its UV disinfection system at Ringsend beyond the current bathing season which runs from 1st June to 15th September each year.

“This forms part of a larger project which will improve information available on the bacterial load to the receiving waters in and around the Ringsend plant.

“Testing the water with the UV system on and off will be used to model and quantify the impact of the UV treatment on the overall levels of bacteria in the water which will help to determine whether or not operating the UV disinfection system beyond the bathing water season will help protect bathers during winter months.

“I very much welcome the progress achieved to date, and I will continue to work on behalf of sea swimmers to ensure the highest possible quality of water in the area.’’