Get Splashing - for online information on your local bathing water sites.

Date released: Jul 30 2009

The EPA was making waves today with the launch of the new online bathing water quality website Splash. The map-based website, provides the latest information, supplied by local authorities, on compliance status with EU bathing water quality standards at the 131 designated bathing sites around the country. The site also provides information about the compliance history of these bathing sites, from 2003 onwards. 

Dr. Mary Kelly, EPA Director General said:

“The website is intended to provide up to date information about bathing areas across the country.  Anyone setting out for the beach will be able to log on and see the latest results of water quality at their favourite bathing spot.  We are also giving details about lifeguard availability, blue flag status, tides and weather forecast so that both Irish people and tourists will have information about safe bathing areas.  A link to the Irish Water Safety website gives details of how to swim safely. While the weather in July hasn’t been great for bathing, many families still take a holiday or day trip to the beach and we want to ensure that they can be confident of the quality of the bathing waters.”

The website was developed in co-operation with IBM, An Taisce, (the body responsible for awarding Blue Flags to Irish bathing areas) and Irish Water Safety.  Bathing water quality data that is uploaded directly to the site by local authorities will be used by the EPA, to assess the overall compliance of a bathing area with EU standards, and by An Taisce, in their assessment of bathing sites for Blue Flag status.

Dr. Kelly continued:

“This website is an excellent example of collaboration between IBM’s Water Management Centre of Excellence in Dublin, the EPA and An Taisce working closely together to provide easily accessible and useful information to the public and is a good example of how smart green technologies can be deployed. We will be working to bring other information about the environment direct to citizens in the future.”

Alex Ingle, Strategy, Development & Innovation Leader for IBM Ireland said:
“This collaboration between IBM, EPA and An Taisce is a prime example of how the application of emerging technologies is helping to build a planet which is instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. Not only are these technologies key to building what IBM calls a Smarter Planet, but they are also the foundations for the Smart Economy.”

Find out more information about your local bathing water  sites. Always consider safety before bathing in any bathing waters.


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Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)