Quality Of Ireland's Bathing Waters Remains High

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched the report The Quality of Bathing Water in Ireland – An Overview for the Year 2011.

The report findings show that:

•the quality of Ireland's bathing waters remains high, with 98.5 per cent of identified bathing areas meeting the EU mandatory standards and classed as being of ‘sufficient’ water quality status.

•83 per cent of bathing waters met higher EU guideline standards and are classified as being of 'good' status.

•five local authorities achieved “good” status for all of their designated bathing areas;

•Five new bathing areas were designated by local authorities in 2011, bringing the total number of identified bathing areas to 135.

Commenting on the bathing water quality results, Ms Laura Burke, EPA Director General, said: "The quality of bathing waters in Ireland remains high and shows a sustained improvement in the numbers of bathing areas achieving 'sufficient' status over the last few years. There has been a drop in the numbers of areas achieving ‘good’ status this year, although five local authorities achieved 'good' status for all of their designated bathing water sites. While compliance with current bathing water quality standards is high, stricter standards will take effect from 2014 and these will require greater vigilance to ensure our bathing waters continue to be among the best in Europe."

Local authorities designated 5 new bathing areas for the 2011 bathing season bringing the total of identified bathing areas to 135, comprising 126 seawater and 9 freshwater.


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