Sun, sand, sea and six of the best … top beaches in Waterford get clean bill of health
Waterford’s six main bathing beaches have been given a clean bill of health by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest report into water quality.
Ardmore Beach, Clonea Beach, Counsellors’ Strand, Dunmore East, Dunmore Strand, Dunmore East and Tramore Beach all retained their ‘excellent’ rating while Bunmahon Beach kept its ‘good’ rating.
The ratings will come as a great boost to the county ahead of the important tourism season and as lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Overall, the quality of bathing water in the country is improving, with EPA director Dr Micheál Lehane saying local authorities must remain vigilant to ensure public health was protected and continue to identify and fix sources of water pollution.
Its Bathing Water in Ireland 2019 report found that 95% – 140 out of 147 – of bathing waters assessed met or exceeded the minimum required, slightly up on 2018, while Merrion Strand in Dublin was declassified after five years at poor status – b bathing there is now banned.
Three bathing waters, all in Dublin, were classified for the first time; Forty Foot Bathing Place and White Rock Beach, which were both classified as excellent and Sandycove Beach, which was classified as good.
The EPA said that anyone using or swimming at beaches this year should follow the public health advice, the Government Roadmap to Reopening Society and Business, and any local information in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the Phase One of lifting of restrictions, beaches along with other outdoor amenities are open.
People can travel within 5km of their homes for exercise and must maintain 2m social distancing.