Under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008) Fingal County Council must identify official bathing areas in our administrative area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.
To help with this process, Fingal County Council is now asking people who swim at beaches and rivers to tell us if they think we should maintain the existing list of identified bathing waters and/or identifying any areas that are commonly used for swimming but not listed at the moment.
Among the popular swimming areas in Howth / Malahide Ward not currently recognised and tested as bathing waters are Balscadden Beach in Howth and High Rock and Low Rock in Malahide. If you swim at these locations, please let the Council know.
To propose the Council recognise any well used beach not currently on the list or comment on an existing site please go to https://consult.fingal.ie/en/browse .
Meanwhile the occasional tests carried out by the Council at Balscadden and Ireland’s Eye happened again at the end of June. Both locations were identified as having excellent water quality. See results below.
|Location||Sampling Point||Sample Number||E. coli||Enterococci||Floating Materials||Mineral Oil (visual)||pH||Phenols_Olfactory||Salinity||Surfactants||Visual Inspection|
|(49934) Balscadden Bay||27/06/2016 08:30||1163999||<10||<1||Absent||Absent||8.1||Absent||33.4||Absent||Normal|
|(49935) Ireland’s Eye||27/06/2016 09:30||1164000||<10||<1||Absent||Absent||8.1||Absent||33.5||Absent||Normal|