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Galway beaches fail to meet standard

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 10:48am

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on the quality of Ireland’s bathing waters has found three beaches in Galway failed to meet minimum EU standards.

Ballyloughane, Tran a bhForbacha and Clifden were among six beaches who failed to make the grade and were classified as being of ‘Poor’ quality.

Sewage and septic tank discharges are listed as the most likely pollution source in Clifden, while river inputs and septic tanks caused Furbo not to make the grade. Urban sewage discharges and sewer misconnections were outlined as the most likely pollution source in Ballyloughane.

Both Grattan Road and Tra na mBan in the city were also identified as ‘Vulnerable’.

The report ‘Bathing Water Quality in Ireland – A Report for the Year 2016’, found that the overall quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains very good with 130 of 140 identified waters meeting strict EU standards.

Three quarters of bathing waters were classed as excellent, one more than 2015.

Speaking at the launch of the report, Dr Matt Crowe, Director of the EPA Office of Evidence and Assessment said, “All bathers are entitled to feel that they and their loved ones are safe from harm from the water they swim in when they spend a day at the beach. More needs to be done to provide a greater level of protection for bathers at beaches and other bathing areas vulnerable to pollution. It is simply unacceptable to have popular bathing areas classified as being of poor quality.” 

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