Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Posted in Connect on June 20, 2019.

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, Mayo County Council are 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 of the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.

Fifteen bathing areas were officially identified by Mayo County Council in 2018. The beaches include Bertra Beach, Carrowmore Beach, Carrowniskey Beach, Clare Island Beach, Dooega Beach, Dugort Beach, Elly Bay Beach, Golden Strand, Keel Beach, Keem Beach, Mullaghroe Beach, Mulranny Beach, Old Head Beach, Rinroe Beach and Ross Beach.

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.

If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river etc as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please make submissions to forwarding details below.

Closing date for submissions to Mayo County Council is 17th July 2019. For further information please contact the Environment, Climate Change and Agriculture Section,

SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS by the 17th July 2019 to: Bathing Water Submissions,
Environment, Climate Change and Agriculture Section,

Mayo County Council,
Aras an Chontae,
The Mall,


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