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Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season.  These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:

·         How your swimming area has been used up to now;

·         How many people use the site;

·         What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;

·         Any safety issues.

If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river etc as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please email the Recreation & Amenity Department at  Please include “Bathing Water” in the subject line.  Submissions will also be accepted via post.  These should be addressed to Recreation & Amenity Department, Galway City Council, College Rd, Galway


Closing date for submissions to Galway City Council is 28/9/2023. For further information please email or phone 091 536400


The bathing water quality results and annual classification of bathing waters can be viewed at The latest available EPA report Bathing Water in Ireland Report can be viewed here: