Kerry County Council statement re: Ventry Beach

Released: 10 December 2008

Kerry County Council’s regular water testing programme has detected no issues relating to water quality at Ventry Blue Flag Beach.

Between May and August of 2008, Kerry County Council carried out weekly testing of the water, with 14 tests recorded. All samples were taken from areas popular with swimmers, ensuring accurate bathing water quality results.

Of these samples, 12 complied with the guidelines set out by the Blue Flag organisers, the EPA and the EU Bathing Water Directive. The other two samples were taken at a time when heavy rainfall led to a large amount of water and materials washing into the sea. The scale of exceedances analysed were slight.

Tests carried out during 2008 at other beaches in West Kerry, including Baile na nGall, Dún an Óir and Wine Strand have indicated no issues relating to water quality guidelines. The one exception was one sample out of six taken at Baile Na nGall on the 30th of June, The exceedances here were due primarily exceptional levels of rain in preceding days

Kerry County Council is not in a position to comment on the results of the independent survey. We have not seen the results and have no knowledge of the location where the samples were taken, the weather conditions or any other information which may have an impact on the results.

Kerry County Council carries out a rigorous water testing programme at all Blue Flag beaches and other beaches around the county. The EPA’s Quality of Water Report 2007 shows that all of Kerry’s designated bathing areas complied fully with EU standards.

The results of all our tests are freely available to the public, while our laboratory facilities are subject to audit and rigorous control procedures. All results are sent to the EPA and to the Blue Flag organisers.

We are satisfied that the quality of water in our Blue Flag beaches is of very high standard. This is despite a summer where very heavy rainfall led to large amounts of sediment being washed into the sea.

Kerry’s 13 Blue Flag beaches are a huge source of pride to the county, and a significant attraction to visitors, both national and international.

Significant sums of money are spent on ensuring that all of Kerry’s beaches, both Blue Flag and non-Blue Flag are of the highest quality. In 2009, Kerry County Council is proposing to spend around €500,000 on beach management, ensuring that we continue to have the best beaches in Ireland.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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

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