Find Out More About Bathing Water Quality
Bathing water quality results for our beaches are listed on Splash, the EPA bathing water information website. Find out more about what we do to make sure identified beaches are safe and clean below.
Want to know how the team at Fingal keep our beaches safe and clean?
The Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 set out our obligations for bathing water quality checks and public information during the bathing season. We take 10 samples in total,1 before and 9 during the bathing season. Samples are generally taken fortnightly from the end of May to mid September.
Bathing water quality on Fingal beaches is generally classified as Good or Excellent, and you can check water quality results for our beaches on the EPA website www.splash.epa.ie . If we get test results that don't meet the standards we have a process in place for notifying beach users. You can read more about this process in our Water Pollution Incidents section.
We currently monitor 10 identified beaches in Fingal for water quality. Refer to www.splash.epa.ie for further information.
Every year you the public can take part in identifying bathing waters in Fingal. You can read more about this process below.
Public Participation in the Identification of Bathing Waters for 2017
Under European and Irish law, City and county councils must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases the official bathing areas are also the areas where Council’s focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season. These laws also require that the Council prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken in pollution happens.
The public consultation period for the identification of new bathing waters for 2017 is now closed. The following beaches were nominated for identification:
- The Springers Beach, Skerries
- The Captains Beach, Skerries
- Ardgillan Beach, Balbriggan
- Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords
- Tower Bay Beach, Portrane
- Balscadden Beach, Howth
If you would like to make a comment on these locations listed, please e-mail [email protected] by 1st March 2017. All newly identified bathing waters will be notified to the EPA by 24th March 2017.
Blue Flag beaches in Fingal
The Blue Flag Award is an International campaign run by An Taisce, with the support from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
These beaches all meet stringent water quality standards, and meet other targets of safety, facilities for visitors, and beach management, including litter control, environmental education and public information. You can find out more about Blue Flag Awards at www.beachawards.ie
If our test results don't meet the water quality standards needed, we will notify beach users. You can read more about our notifications in our Water Incidents section.
Environment and Water Services Division
Fingal County Council
By email: [email protected]