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Bathing Water Quality 2016

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Categories: Environment


Details of Bathing Water Quality monitoring at Fingal's beaches for 2016 bathing season.

Bathing waters are monitored, assessed and managed under the requirements of the 2008 Bathing Water Quality Regulations. The bathing season in Ireland runs from 1 June to 15 September. Bathing waters are sampled every two weeks from the end of May to mid-September to assess the microbiological quality of the water and to minimise any public health risk. Samples are tested for two types of faecal bacteria Escherichia coli (also known as E. coli) and Intestinal Enterococci.

E.coli (Escherichia coli) and Intestinal Enterococci, occur in very large numbers in the gut of warm blooded animal and human faeces. E.coli and Intestinal Enterococci are analysed in assessing bathing waters compliance and are used as “indicator” organisms where their presence in large numbers in bathing waters is a warning of a possible health risk from other harmful bacteria and viruses which might be present.

The water quality of bathing waters are assessed and classified as 'Excellent', 'Good', 'Sufficient' or 'Poor'. In the case of Excellent water quality the risk of contracting gastro-intestinal illness is predicted to be ca. 3%, in Good waters ca. 5%, in Sufficient waters 8-9% and in Poor waters ca. >10%.

Bathing Water Classifications include:

* * * Excellent
* * Good
* Sufficient
- Poor

Classification*E.coliIntestinal Enterococci
Excellent<250<100
Good250-500100–200
Sufficient500-1000200-250
Poor Water>1000>250

* The quality assessment is determined by the poorest of the two microbial indicators e.g. E.coli 400, Intestinal Enterococci 20 would result in a ‘Good’ outcome – the poorer of the two being the E.coli

Further Information

Further information is available on the Beaches section of the Council's website Graphs of the results are posted on notice boards at Fingal’s beaches throughout the season. All bathing water monitoring results are also available on the national Splash website

Related Dataset

Bathing Water Status dataset which contains the Bathing Water Quality status for all Fingal bathing waters for each of the past four years.

Extent Fingal
Agency Fingal County Council
Update Frequency At least every two weeks from mid-May to September
Date range 2016
Date Published 20/07/2016
Date of last Revision 20/07/2016
License Summary License
CSV /datasets/csv/BathingWaterQuality2016.csv
XML /datasets/xml/BathingWaterQuality2016.xml