Created on 2010-06-12 Updated on 2013-08-09 Released on 2013-08-13

Bathing Water Quality

Details of Bathing Water Quality monitoring at Fingal's beaches. The European Union set standards for the quality of bathing water in member states. Fingal County Council monitors the water at the beaches from mid-May to September every year. Information is made available to the public on the total number of 2 different bacteria i.e. Escherichia Coli and Enterococci, present in the water. These bacteria are not visible and so water samples are taken and tested in a laboratory. The number of bacteria in a 100ml sample of seawater is recorded. Samples are taken at least every two weeks.''Legal Standard - Bathing Water Regulations S.I. No. 79/2008'Escherichia Coli count must be less than 2,000 per 100ml for 95% of all samples to comply with the Mandatory Value, and less then 100 per 100ml for 80% of samples to comply with the Guide Value.'Enterococci must be less than 100 per 100ml for 90% of all samples to comply with the Guide Value. Please note that there is no the Mandatory Value for Enterococci.''Blue Flag Status'To achieve Blue Flag Status the quality of bathing water must comply with the Guide Value.'The red line in each graph is the Mandatory Value required to achieve the Mandatory Status.''Graphs'See http://www.fingalcoco.ie/Environment/BeachesinFingal/BathingWaterQuality/ for graphs of this data, which is also displayed at each beach.'Spatial projection: WGS84

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Field Value
Category Environment and Energy
Update Frequency At least every two weeks from mid-May to September
Date Range 2010-06-12 to 2013-08-06
Conforms To https://data.gov.ie/technical-framwork
Purpose of Collection To monitor water quality at beaches in Fingal
Use Constraints PSI Licence: http://data.fingal.ie/licence/licence.pdf

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