bathing water quality

  • Water quality at 12 beaches in Mayo is "excellent", while the quality is "good" at another three beaches in the county, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Its annual report for 2020 shows that 96% of Ireland's bathing waters are meeting, or exceeding, EU minimum standards.

    In Mayo, Carrowmore beach in Louisburg, Clare Island beach, Dooega, Doogort, Golden Strand, Keel and Keem beaches in Achill, EllyBay -Belmullet, Mullaghroe Beach, Mulranny, Rinroe beach in Carrowtigee and Ross Beach in Killala are all deemed to have excellent water quality, while Bertra beach in Murrisk, Carrowniskey and Old Head beaches in Louisburg are described as "good" water quality.

    Nationally, the report found that bathing water quality improved across the country last year - a time when more people took to swimming during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    However, four locations - including Clifden beach - are classified as poor.

    This is the 5th year in a row that Clifden beach was deemed poor water quality and will now be declassified as a bathing area.

    The EPA says the issue at Clifden beach is a storm water overflow from the local wastewater treatment plant.

    Irish Water has undertaken rehabilitation works on the Clifden sewer network and the waste water treatment plant, while other potential sources of pollution include discharges from septic tanks in the area.

    Galway County Council will erect signage at Clifden beach indicating that it is no longer suitable for swimming.

  • The 2018 EPA Bathing Water report, published today, sets out bathing water quality during the long hot summer of 2018.  Overall, 94 per cent of the 145 identified bathing waters met the minimum EU standards last year, with over 100 beaches classified as Excellent. 

    However the bathing waters described as poor quality include Clifden Beach in Co Galway.

    145 bathing waters were identified in 2018, an increase of three since 2017. 94 per cent of identified bathing waters (137 of 145) met at least the minimum EU standards. 103 of 145 bathing waters were classified as Excellent.  A further 22 were classified as Good and 12 were classified as Sufficient, meeting the mandatory requirement. 

    Five bathing waters were classified as Poor, down from seven in 2017. These include Clifden in Co Galway along with Lilliput in Co Westmeath and Sandymount Strand, Merrion Strand and Portrane (the Brook) Beach in Dublin. 

    Clifden has received a Poor classification for the past three years.  According to Galway County Council, the main problems are the public sewer network and a storm water overflow at the Clifden wastewater treatment plant. Other potential sources of pollution include discharges from domestic and non-domestic septic tanks in the areas.

    Galway County Council will continue to engage with Irish Water to help minimise leaks, spills or overflows of untreated sewage from the Clifden waterwater treatment plant. Irish Water also planning further rehabilitation works on the Clifden sewer network in 2019. Galway County Council will also continue to inspect septic tanks in the area and for any which are not operating correctly, will instruct owners to take specific action to fix them.

    Improvements were made in three bathing waters previously classified as Poor, which included Ballyloughane near Galway City.

    The majority of the bathing waters included in Co Mayo were described as Excellent, with Bertra Beach in Murrisk, Golden Strand on Achill Island and Old Head beach in Louisburg were classified as Good.

    In Sligo the majority of beaches were described as Excellent or Good, with Mullaghmore Beach Sufficient.

  • The bathing water quality at 12 out of Mayo's 15 beaches has been described as excellent in the latest EPA report.

    The Bathing Water in Ireland report for 2019 shows that, overall, bathing water quality improved across the country last year, with 95% of bathing waters meeting or exceeding the minimum required standard - up from 94% the previous year.

    In Mayo, 12 beaches were described as having excellent water quality - including Bertra beach in Murrisk, Carrowmore beach in Louisburg, Clare Island beach, Dooega, Dugort, Keel and Keem beaches in Achill, Mulranny beach, Elly bay and Mullaghroe in Belmullet, Rinroe beach Carrowtigue and Ross beach, Killala.

    The other three Mayo beaches - Carrownisky, Louisburg; Golden Strand in Achill and Old Head. Louisburg are described as good water quality.

    In Co Sligo, 3 of the 5 beaches are described as excellent - Rosses Point, Dunmoran and Streedagh beaches, while Enniscrone is "good" and Mullaghroe beach is described as "suffiecient".

    In Co Galway, 2 of the county's 17 beaches are of poor water quality, according to the EPA - these are Ballyloughane beach in Galway city and Clifden beach.

    12 Galway beaches are of excellent bathing water quality, and 3 are sufficient.

  • Nearly three-quarters of Ireland’s bathing waters are of excellent quality, according to the latest EPA report, but seven beaches have failed to meet minimum standards for water quality.

    Two of the beaches labelled as “poor” by the Environmental Protection Agency are in Galway – Clifden beach and Ballyloughane in Galway City.

    The other 5 beaches that failed to meet minimum water quality standards are in Dublin.

    Of the 15 Mayo beaches inspected, 14 are of excellent water quality, while Old Head beach in Louisburg is described as “good”.

    The EPA report says bathing waters in Co Mayo continue to be of a very high quality, with few pollution sources identified.

    The Mayo beaches described as “excellent” are  -  

    Bertra Beach, Murrisk ; Carrowmore Beach, Louisburgh; Carrowniskey, Louisburgh; Clare Island;  Dooega Beach, Dugort, Golden Strand, Keel and Keem beaches on Achill Island; Elly Bay, Belmullet;

    Mullaghroe Beach, Belmullet ; Mulranny; Rinroe beach Carrowtigue, and Ross Beach Killala – all described as excellent while Old Head Beach, Louisburgh is described as Good.