Water Quality At Our Beaches Is Excellent Says EPA

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Banna beach.

THERE was good news for beachgoers this morning as bathing water quality at the county’s identified bathing water sites is classified as ‘excellent’ in all cases.

In a report published today, the Environmental Protection Agency found the standard of water quality at all of the 15 identified bathing water locations in Kerry to be of an excellent standard.

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The locations which were assessed included Fenit, Banna, Castlegregory, Ballyheigue, Ballybunion (Men’s and Ladies), Inch, Rossbeigh, Derrynane, Kells, Ballinskelligs, Ventry, Maharabeg, Inny Strand in Waterville and the White Strand, Caherciveeen.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea, has welcomed the finding. “This is a hugely encouraging report for Kerry,” said Cllr O’Shea, “highlighting as it does the very consistently high standard of identified bathing waters around the Kerry coast.

“This is great news for Kerry at the beginning of another tourist season and will allow the county to continue to attract visitors and locals alike to our beaches as an amenity for recreational use.

“From an economic, tourism, environmental, and public health and safety perspective, maintaining a good standard of water quality at identified bathing sites is enormously important.

“This latest EPA study is testament to the effort of the staff of Kerry County Council, other public bodies, beach-users and members of the public in maintaining a clean and pristine coastal environment and will encourage all of us to continue to work together to maintain this very high standard,” said Cllr O’Shea.

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