Help us to identify bathing waters in County Wexford

Thursday, 6th July 2017

Public Participation in the Identification of Bathing Waters

If you are would like to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be designated for 2018, 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 contact:

Wexford County Council, Environment Department, Carriglawn, Wexford
T:    053 9196313
Closing date for submissions to Wexford County Council is 8th August 2017. 

8 Designated Bathing Waters in County Wexford

There are currently 8 Designated Bathing Waters in County Wexford at present, the Bathing Water Profiles of which and further information is viewable on; These are as follows;

  • Ballymoney North Beach,
  • Ballinesker,
  • Carne
  • Courtown North Beach,
  • Curracloe (White’s Gap),
  • Duncannon,
  • Morriscastle,
  • Rosslare Strand

Tens of thousands of people have been enjoying a dip at Ireland’s pristine lakes, rivers and beaches during the recent sunny weather.  What most swimmers don’t know is that City and County Councils must designate 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 them with this process, Wexford County Council is now 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 used for swimming but not designated at the moment.

Under European and Irish law, City and county councils 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 Council’s focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season.  The Council prepares detailed profiles for each of the designated bathing water sites that describe the bathing area including surface waters catchment area. The profile also includes an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution happens.

More Information is available on the following websites;