Good news for beach goers as bathing water data is released
Bathing water quality across Co Wicklow fared very well throughout 2015 according to a new report published by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Six beaches across the county were examined; Bray South Promenade, Brittas Bay North, Brittas Bay South, Clogga, Greystones South and Silver Strand.
The majority of beaches recorded no change in status regarding ecoli and intestinal enterococci.
All beaches were classed as 'excellent' in both categories and overall apart from Bray South Promenade and Silver Strand which were classed as 'good'. Brittas Bay North returned to the 'excellent' class having dropped to 'good' in 2014 and Silver Strand just failed to reach the 'excellent' category for ecoli. The report has been broadly welcomed, in particular by the farming community.
IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the latest EPA water quality results as an example of what investment and hard work can achieve.
He said the outcome shows that the vast majority of the country's most popular beaches and lakes are clear and clean.
Mr Cooney identified the significant investment by farmers as playing a part in achieving this result.