EPA Statement re: poor bathing water results at Irish beaches

Date released: Aug 20 2012

Under the new EU Bathing Water Directive implemented in Ireland in 2011, local authorities are required to take a proactive approach in dealing with suspected incidences of pollution and ensuring that information is disseminated and made available to the public in a timely manner.

Certain local authorities have recently issued public notices and, in some cases, temporarily closed beaches, as a result of poorer than expected bathing water quality.

The information that the EPA has received from local authorities is that the unprecedented wet weather this summer has, in some areas, resulted in high levels of run-off from land and large volumes of surface water entering the bathing area.  This has been a major contributing factor to the poor bathing water quality in these areas.

The EPA will continue to liaise with local authorities to monitor the situation and ensure that they comply with the requirements of the Directive.

The EPA website Splash, contains the most recent water quality results as provided by the local authorities for each of the 136 designated bathing water sites in Ireland.  The relevant local authorities will have more detailed information and can address any queries or concerns that members of the public may have.

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