The Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 set out our obligations for bathing water quality checks and public information during the bathing season. We take about 18 bathing water samples during the bathing season, and sample at least monthly outside of the bathing season, far in excess of the minimum requirements. Samples are taken approximately weekly depending on tides from the end of May to mid-September.
Bathing water quality in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown beaches is generally classified as Good or Excellent, and you can check water quality results for our beaches on the EPA website www.beaches.ie. If we get test results that don't meet the standards we have a process in place for notifying beach users. This includes raising the red flag at beaches where a lifeguard is on duty, posting information on the noticeboards at each beach, and posting information on our website and on twitter.
We monitor water quality at nine locations in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Five of these beaches are classed as identified bathing waters under the bathing water regulations. In 2018, three new locations were formally classified as identified bathing waters. These are: White Rock Beach, Sandycove Beach and the 40ft Bathing Area. Water Quality had always been monitored at White Rock Beach and Sandycove Beach. Water Quality Monitoring will commence at the 40ft from 2018. You can read a report on the newly identified bathing areas for 2018 here:
Identification of Bathing Areas 2019 - Public Participation