The Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 set out our obligations for bathing water quality checks and public information during the bathing season. We take 9 samples in total,1 before and 8 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 https://www.beaches.ie/ . If we get test results that don't meet the standards we have a process in place for notifying beach users.
We currently monitor 10 identified beaches in Fingal for water quality. Refer to https://www.beaches.ie/ for further information.
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 Pollution Incidents section.