Lucan weir is ‘not bathing water and  not tested to the bathing water standard’
The weir in Lucan along the River Liffey

Lucan weir is ‘not bathing water and not tested to the bathing water standard’

LUCAN Weir was looking outstanding on Tuesday at lunchtime, as residents enjoyed the views in glorious sunshine at the local amenity.

Water levels are not what they would usually be at this time of the year due to the relatively dry summer, but there is still plenty of depth in the Weir for swans, ducks and other various forms of wildlife to enjoy.

The low levels have also impacted canoeing activity on the Weir, but local store I-Canoe said the activity is currently at the transition period of the year, as canoeists gear up for the winter months ahead.

The Liffey Descent, a major canoe race on the River Liffey, is due to take place on September 11.

The 32km race was cancelled last year due to Covid, but is back this year, and see’s paddlers make their way from Straffan in Co Kildare to Islandbridge, via a brave descent at the Lucan Weir.

Recently, South Dublin County Council reminded the public that the rivers in this area “are not bathing water and are not tested to the bathing water standards”.

Along the Weir, a number of signs are posted to remind people clearly that ‘no swimming’ is allowed, and warnings about strong currents, deep water and slippery surfaces.

The council also told The Echo that the water in the Liffey and the Dodder is sampled regularly and tested to meet the standards as set in the Water Framework Directive.

“With regards to the Water Framework directive, section of the rivers are at good and moderate standard.”

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