Identification of Bathing Waters 2017

Closed 28 Jul 2016

Opened 1 Jul 2016


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.  In some cases the official bathing areas are also the areas where Council’s focus their resources during the summer season.


Why We Are Consulting

We 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).

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


  • All Areas


  • All Stakeholders


  • Beaches