Andrew Doyle, Fine Gael T.D, for Wicklow/Carlow East welcomes the report by the Environment Protection Agency under the new and strict EU guidelines.
“I welcome the news that all bathing areas including beaches in Wicklow have met stringent EU guidelines. On a national context the quality of Ireland’s bathing water quality remains very high, with 94% of bathing waters (128 of 136 identified bathing waters) meeting the new, stricter, minimum EU standards and achieving at least ‘Sufficient’ water quality status for the 4 year assessment period (2011-2014).
In addition our bathing waters have met the new ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ water quality standards. This is very good news coming into the summer months and in line with our tourism strategy provides an additional boost for the general public and overseas visitors coming to stay and visit County Wicklow”
The new Bathing Water Directive was transposed into Irish law in 2008 and is now being implemented in full. Its objective is to improve the protection of bather’s health by introducing stricter standards for water quality and a new method of assessment. It has established a more pro-active approach to the assessment of possible pollution risks, and to the management of bathing waters. It also places considerable emphasis on promoting increased public involvement, and for improved dissemination of information on bathing water quality to the general public.
“The bathing waters were monitored by Wicklow County Council during the 2014 bathing season. Overall, the quality of Wicklow bathing waters continues to be very good and new standards introduced in 2014 provide a much higher level of protection for bathers”