Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters
Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use. To help with this process, Cavan County Council is asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.
Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season. These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.
If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:
How your swimming area has been used up to now;
How many people use the site;
What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;
Any safety issues.
Public advise on identifying new bathing waters
Download Public advice on identifying new bathing waters
The purpose of this document is to provide advice to members of the public on the type and quality of information likely to be required to support submissions for new bathing waters in order that they may be considered by local authorities for inclusion in national monitoring programs.
If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river etc as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please contact.
The Environment Section
Cavan County Council
17 Farnham Street
Closing date for submissions to Cavan County Council is 17th July 2019. For further information please contact: