EPA gives Kerry beach water top marks

Released: 04 June 2010

The Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Bobby O’Connell has welcomed the EPA’s Quality of Bathing Water Results for 2009, with all 15 of Kerry’s designated bathing areas achieving the highest water quality standard.

The water quality at beaches is assessed against two standards, minimum quality standards and the more stringent EU guide values. Each bathing area must comply with the minimum standards and should try and achieve the higher guide values. In Kerry’s case, all 15 beaches achieved the higher standard.

“For a county which is heavily reliant on tourism, our beaches are a key part of the attraction, and to achieve such excellent results is a huge boost” Mayor O’Connell stated.

“Visitors to our county are used to seeing excellent beaches and bathing areas and Kerry County Council spends a lot of effort and money on ensuring that the beaches are top quality. Results like these proves that our commitment does pay off.”

Director of Environment & Water Services, Oliver Ring, paid tribute to the local communities and Council staff in their efforts to keep Kerry’s beaches in good shape.

“In terms of tourism, our beaches are one of the jewels in our crown, and these results satisfy people that the water quality in our beaches is of the highest quality.

“The Blue Flags beach awards will be handed out in the coming month, and we hope that our commitment towards our beaches will be rewarded once more,” he said.

Kerry Beaches which achieved EU Guide Values

Ballinskelligs, Baile an Sceilge
Ballybunion North
Ballybunion South
Banna Strand
Inny, Waterville
Maharabeg, Castlegregory
Rossbeigh, White Strand
Ventry, Ceann Trá
White Strand, Caherciveen

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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

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