A Report for the Year 2015, April 2016
The quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains very high with just over 93% of identified bathing waters (128 of 137) meeting the minimum EU standards for ‘Sufficient’ water quality over the 4 year assessment period 2012-2015. Full details can be view in the downloaded report.
WFD Application Phase 1 Technical Overview, August 2015
WFD Application Phase 1 Technical Overview
Version 2.0 May 2015, August 2015
WFD Characterisation Approach (May 2015)
The purpose of the report is to give a detailed review of all the main issues related to the quality of the aquatic environment in Ireland, in order to provide guidance towards the protection and enhancement of this valuable resource, and the preparation of second cycle river basin management plans under the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).
An Overview for the year 2014, April 2015
Overall the quality of Ireland’s bathing water quality remains extremely high, with 94% of bathing waters complying with new stricter EU standards and achieving at least ‘Sufficient’ water quality status in 2014. Assessment was undertaken using 4 years of data (2011-2014) as opposed to annual data previously. Around 90% of other monitored waters also met the standards for at least ‘Good’ quality.
This assessment presents the latest monitoring data, an assessment of the data and a focus on key issues that affect water quality in the NBIRBD and NWIRBD.
Bathing Water Factsheet, July 2014
General information on bathing waters in Ireland
This assessment presents the latest monitoring data, an assessment of the data and a focus on key issues that affect water quality in the South Eastern River Basin District.
This guidance addresses direct discharges to groundwater from point sources of potential pollution. It supplements the earlier report published by the EPA in 2011 entitled “Guidance on the Authorisation of Discharges to Groundwater” which focused on the technical assessment of indirect discharges to groundwater.
An Overview for the year 2013, April 2014
Overall the quality of Ireland’s bathing water quality remains very high, with 97 per cent of bathing waters complying with the EU mandatory values and achieving at least ‘Sufficient’ water quality status in 2013. 114 bathing waters met the stricter guideline values achieving ‘Good’ status. The warm, dry summer in 2013 aided a return to normality compared to the wet season of 2012 where only 91 of 136 waters met ‘Good’ status.
The monitoring of water quality at 136 identified bathing waters in 2012 is governed by the new Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (S.I 79 of 2008) which transposed the new EU Directive on bathing water (2006/7/EC). The 2006 Directive gives stronger focus on the protection of public health, a proactive approach to the management of bathing water quality and greater public participation.
Appendix 5.1 of Water Quality in Ireland 2007-2009: Summary statistics for individual transitional and coastal water bodies assessed between 2007-2009., January 2013
The monitoring results for 89 Irish transitional (estuarine) and coastal waterbodies 2007-2009 are summarised. The results should be read in conjunction with Chapter 5 of Water Quality in Ireland 2007-2009.
Appendix 4.1 of Water Quality in Ireland 2007-2009: Irish Lake Trophic Status and Ecological Status 2007-2009, January 2013
Trophic status for 222 lakes determined by chlorophyll, total phosphorus, transparency and ecological status by a fuller suite of biological quality elements. Read in conjunction with main report Chapter Four.
Appendix 3-3 of Water Quality in Ireland 2007-2009, January 2013
Statistics for individual river sites monitored for WFD purposes.
Appendix 3.1 of Water Quality in Ireland 2007-2009, January 2013
An overview of the approach to defining ecological status for the Water Framework Directive is given. the distinction between water quality sensu strictu and ecological status is made and chemical status is also discussed.
Salinity related DIN and MRP values for WFD
An assessment of drought flow conditions in Irish Rivers in the years 1989, 1990 and 1991 including a comparison with 1975 and 1976, December 2012
The most severe drought flows recorded occurred in 1975 and 1976. The climatic conditions that caused those droughts are examined in this document. The drought flows of 1989, 1990 and 1991 are compared with 1975 and 1976.
This report examines the rainfall pattern and low river flows that were recorded at selected rainfall and hydrometric stations in 1995 and compares them to the rainfall pattern and low river flows that occured in the drought year 1976.
This report provides details of the review carried out of the EPA Hydrometric Programme, December 2012
This review investigates the work undertaken by the Hydrometric and Groundwater Section of the EPA and the many activities that utilise the hydrometric data generated by the section. A review of individual hydrometric stations was conducted for the prioritisation of future hydrometric programmes. The review also outlines recommendations for the future implementation of the EPA–Local Authority hydrometric programme
The report includes a review of both sea water and freshwater bathing areas based on samples of water taken every two weeks between mid May and 31 August.