Louth’s beaches are among the cleanest in the country

Louth one of five counties that scored top marks in hygiene standards

Louth one of five counties that scored top marks in hygiene standards

LOUTH’S local authorities beaches are some of the cleanest in the country – according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Louth was one of five counties to earn decent marks for high water from the EPA according to figures just released.

According to the report the quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains high, with 98.5 per cent of identified bathing areas meeting the EU mandatory standards and classed as being of ‘sufficient’ water quality status.

Eighty three per cent of bathing waters met higher EU guideline standards and are classified as being of ‘good’ status.

Two beaches fell below minimum hygiene standards for swimmers. Clifden Beach in Galway and White Strand at Miltown Malbay in Co Clare were classed as having poor quality status.

Commenting on the bathing water quality results, Ms Laura Burke, EPA Director General, said:

“The quality of bathing waters in Ireland remains high and shows a sustained improvement in the numbers of bathing areas achieving ‘sufficient’ status over the last few years. There has been a drop in the numbers of areas achieving ‘good’ status this year, although five local authorities achieved ‘good’ status for all of their designated bathing water sites. While compliance with current bathing water quality standards is high, stricter standards will take effect from 2014 and these will require greater vigilance to ensure our bathing waters continue to be among the best in Europe.”

Local authorities designated 5 new bathing areas for the 2011 bathing season bringing the total of identified bathing areas to 135, comprising 126 seawater and 9 freshwater.