Kilkee Beach Closed Due To Malfunctioning Waste Water Pump

Photo © Pat Flynn

Kilkee beach is to remain closed for a number of days following electrical issues at the local wastewater pump station.

This is despite works carried out by Irish Water in recent months to ensure the beach was re-opened on time for the summer bathing season.

Clare FM’s Fiona McGarry reports:


Last December a no-swim notice was put in place in Kilkee after an operational safety device at the pump station failed following heavy rainfall.

Irish Water began repair and upgrade works over the following moths, with the swimming ban lifted only in May.

But now, the water utility has confirmed a further electrical fault at the station, which resulted in “the discharge of wastewater into the Victoria stream” for a time yesterday.

The HSE and the Environmental Protection Agency have been notified and a precautionary bathing notice has been put in place.

The swimming ban is expected to remain in place for a number of days, while tests are carried out to ensure that the water meets all bathing water quality standards.

Irish Water is apologising to beach-goers, and has thanked them for their “patience and cooperation” as they “work to resolve the issue”.

Full Statement from Irish Water

Operational electrical issues in Kilkee Pump Station early on Wednesday morning caused the pumps to be out of service for a number of hours at the PS.