LOCAL authorities tested 131 bathing areas last year.
Four failed to meet minimum EU standards and were classed as "poor".
Nine met minimum standards, but fell short of stricter EU 'guide' values and were classed as "sufficient".
The remaining 118 achieved a higher standard and were classified as 'good'.
Of the four bathing areas that failed to meet basic standards, Lough Ennell has failed for the last three years, Clifden has failed for the past six, and Sutton failed in 2008 and 2009. Ballyallia Lake was 'sufficient' last year.