Bathing Water Quality
Monitoring for the 2020 bathing season commenced on the 25th May 2020 and will continue until mid September 2020. Sligo County Council will sample the bathing water at Enniscrone, Rosses Point, Streedagh, Dunmoran and Mullaghmore at least every 14 days during the bathing season.
Analysis of the bacterial count in the bathing water will be used to indicate the quality of the water and check that the levels of bacteria in the water are in accordance with the EU Bathing Water Directive parameters and Blue Flag water quality standards. The parameters tested are E.Coli and Intestinal Enterococci. The water quality of each sample is assessed as either ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’, ‘Sufficient’ or ‘Poor’. These limits are qualitative and take account of regulatory limits set out in the Bathing Water Regulations 2008.
The significance of the results is explained in the table below. In addition, trigger values have been agreed nationally with the HSE and EPA to protect public health. Bathers will be advised using local beach signage if there is a risk to public health arising from a breach of these trigger values, or bathers can check www.beaches.ie for the latest updates.
What do the results mean?
|Parameter||Individual Sample Status|
|E. Coli||≤ 250||251 - 500||501 - 1000||> 1000|
|Intestinal Enterococci||≤ 100||101 - 200||201 - 250||> 250|
Blue Flag Beaches in County Sligo
- Rosses Point
Green Coast Award Beaches in Co Sligo
- Dunmoran Strand
- Rosses Point
Click on the beach name below to check out the water quality during the 2020 bathing season at your local beach.
Annual Water Quality Rating
The annual water quality rating is determined from results covering the previous four bathing seasons. This approach averages out the impacts of seasonal variations and takes account of the spread of results.
For more information please visit www.beaches.ie
To check bathing water quality elsewhere in Ireland see link below