Bathing Water Results 2014

Kerry is one of only six Local Authority Areas in the Country where  all designated bathing areas achieved ‘Excellent’ status.

Good News as the Summer approaches !

It?s official - the quality of Bathing Water in Kerry is excellent.  All 15 bathing areas in the County were classified as “excellent” in an  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report published yesterday.

"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,” said Dr Matt Crowe, Director of the EPA,s Office of Environmental Assessment.
Dr Crowe was speaking at the launch of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report Bathing Water Quality in Ireland – A Report for the Year 2014.

  • New standards introduced in 2014 are almost twice as strict as those previously applied. 
  • The assessment of water quality in 2014 was undertaken using data from the 2011-2014 bathing seasons rather than just the annual data as in previous years. 
  • A new category of "Excellent" quality has been introduced and all 15 bathing areas in Kerry achieved this classification. 

The relevant areas were;

  • Baile an Sceilg (Ballinskelligs) 
  • Ballybunion North 
  • Ballybunion South 
  • Ballyheigue 
  • Banna Strand 
  • Castlegregory 
  • Doire Fhíonáin (Derrynane) 
  • Fenit 
  • Inch 
  • Trá na hUíne (Inny, Waterville) 
  • Kells 
  • Maharabeg 
  • Rossbeigh, 
  • Fionntrá (Ventry) 
  • White Strand, Caherciveen

Last year over 259 samples were taken at these locations. These samples are assessed for microbiological and physico-chemical parameters.

Nationally, the quality of Ireland?s bathing waters continues to be very good :

The quality of Ireland's bathing waters remains very high, with 94.1 per  cent of identified bathing areas (128 of 136) meeting the EU mandatory standards and classed as being of "sufficient" water quality status.

 86.8 per cent of bathing waters (118 of 136) met the stricter EU guideline  standards and were classified as being of “excellent or “good” status.

7 bathing waters nationally (1 inland and 6 coastal) failed to comply with the minimum mandatory standards and were classified as having "poor" quality status.

Note to Editors:

The summary report Bathing Water Quality in Ireland – A Report for the Year  2014 and map of the quality of Ireland's bathing water sites are now available.

Bathing season: The bathing season in Ireland, is designated as being from 1st June to  15th September.

Assessment: From 2014 onwards bathing water compliance requires assessments to be undertaken using a statistical methodology using data covering a four year period as opposed to previous annual assessments based on percentage compliance. The new standards are approximately twice as strict as previous ones.

Classification: Bathing areas are currently classified in one of four categories namely "Excellent?, "Good?, "Sufficient? or "Poor?. The mandatory requirement is for "Sufficient" quality. Any waters graded as "Poor" require that management measures be put in place to identify and eliminate the sources of pollution.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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