Water standards on Kerry beaches meet EU standards

Released: 07 May 2008

Kerry’s Bathing Water given thumbs-up

With all of Kerry’s designated bathing areas complying fully with EU bathing water standards, it shows the commitment that Kerry County Council has given to ensuring the high quality of the county’s beaches.

The EPA’s Quality of Bathing Water 2007 report, shows that Kerry was one of only six Local Authorities who complied fully with the EU guide and mandatory standards for all of the designated bathing areas.

“We have 15 beaches which are designated bathing areas, and a lot of time, effort and money goes into keeping these at a very high quality, “Director of Environmental Services, Anne Haugh explained.

“The fact that we exceeded all EU standards for the quality of our bathing water is a result of the work that the staff in Kerry County Council and the local communities have put in.”

The EU has put down mandatory bathing water standards, which all beaches must comply with. In addition, they have put down stricter guide standards, with all of Kerry’s bathing areas meeting these higher criteria.

Kerry County Council’s Director of Water Services, Oliver Ring pointed to the investment being put into water and wastewater treatment projects around the county, which were benefiting the environment in general.

“We are continually investing in our water and wastewater treatment plants through the upgrading and construction of new schemes, to ensure that our water quality standards continue to improve,” he said.

But Anne Haugh warned that everybody has to play their part in ensuring that the county’s beaches and scenic beauty is preserved.

“It is to everybody’s benefit that we continue to have clean beaches and a clean environment,” she said. “The tourism that is attracted by our scenery hugely benefits our economy and adds to our quality of living, which is second to none

“To keep it that way, we need communities to be vigilant about illegal dumping, pollution and other habits that can ruin our countryside. Working together, we can keep Kerry clean and beautiful.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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