Seven Irish bathing spots fail to meet EU minimum water standards
A total of 94 per cent of Irish bathing waters are meeting new stricter EU standards, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said following the publication of a report.
The agency published a report on the quality of bathing water at every major beach in the country.
One in twenty passed the new, strict guidelines surrounding the quality of bathing water but seven of the country's more popular beaches failed to meet the minimum standards.
Sewage has been blamed for many of the following bathing spots not passing the strict guidelines:
- Youghal Front Strand in Cork,
- Ardmore in Waterford,
- Duncannon in Wexford,
- Rush South beach in North Dublin,
- Clifden and Ballyloughane in Galway
- Lilliput on Lough Ennell in Westmeath.
All pf the spots failed the tests because of sewage pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
In all seven cases the EPA said the problems were linked to the impact of waste water discharges and the local authorities and Irish Water have put in place management plans to tackle the main pollution risks.
“Overall, the quality of Ireland’s bathing waters continues to be very good and new standards introduced in 2014 provide a much higher level of protection for bathers,” the director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Assessment, Dr Matt Crowe said.
New stricter guidelines regarding the quality of bathing water meant beaches had to meet standards more than twice as strict as previous standards. Three-quarters of Irish bathing waters qualified for the new classification of “excellent’’ quality.
This means that Ireland maintains its position as one of the leading countries in western and northern Europe for quality bathing water.
Peter Webster, EPA senior scientific officer, said the agency would like to see more popular bathing spots on its official register of designating swimming locations.