PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE IDENTICATION OF ‘BATHING WATERS’ UNDER THE BATHING WATERS DIRECTIVE 2006/7 EC OF 15TH FEBRUARY 2006 AND THE BATHING WATER QUALITY REGULATIONS SI 79 OF 2008

All 34 city and county councils are inviting public participation in the identification of Bathing Waters under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008).

The Directive requires that water quality at all designated bathing waters meets stringent microbiological standards in order to protect the health of people who choose to bathe there. City and county councils are required under the 2008 Regulations to identify bathing waters on an annual basis.

This consultation process provides the public with an opportunity to:

  • comment on existing designated bathing waters with a view to continuation of designation,
  • comment on other bathing waters not currently designated but which may be considered for designation.


Comments are invited from interested parties.

This should be done through your local city council or county council in whose area the bathing water is located. Contact information for all 34 city and county councils can be found on the following website: http://www.lgma.ie/en/irish-local-government

Please contact your local city council or county council for information on the criteria to be used.

Closing date for submissions to your city council or county council is 14thSeptember 2012.

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