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26 Mar 2020

Fingal County Council and COVID-19: Help us to help you.

Fingal County Council's public offices are now closed to the general public.

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Fingal public invited to have their say in annual review of bathing waters

Fingal County Council is inviting people to have their say as part of the annual review of bathing waters across the region.

 

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Fingal County Council is inviting people to have their say as part of the annual review of bathing waters across the region.

Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.  

To help with this process, Fingal County Council is asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.

Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities 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 local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season. 

These laws also require that the local authority 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 if pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:

  • How your swimming area has been used up to now;
  • How many people use the site;
  • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;
  • Any safety issues.

Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Eoghan O'Brien said: 'I would encourage people to take part in this public consultation process and have their say on the bathing waters in Fingal. If you wish to propose your favourite beach or river as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site, please make your submission through the consultation portal.”  

The public consultation is available to view at https://consult.fingal.ie/en/consultation/public-consultation-identification-bathing-waters-fingal-bathing-season-2021. The closing date for submissions is June 22.

Local authorities are required under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008) to identify bathing waters on an annual basis. The Directive requires that water quality at all designated bathing waters meets stringent microbiological standards in order to protect the health of people who choose to bathe there.

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