Ardmore has improved year on year following Irish Water project

Irish Water has today welcomed the upgraded status of Ardmore Beach to ‘Excellent’ in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Bathing Water Quality Report 2017, which was published this week. Irish Water constructed a new Wastewater Treatment Plant at Ardmore which became operational in 2015. This project was part of a €24 million investment by Irish Water in the Waterford Grouped Towns and Villages Sewerage Scheme and Wastewater Treatment Plants. The overall project was completed in 2016.

Ardmore has improved year on year, since the works were completed by Irish Water, with the following results recorded:

  • 2014  – Poor
  • 2015 – Sufficient
  • 2016 – Changes
  • 2017 – Excellent 

EPA Bathing Quality Water Report

The EPA Bathing Quality Water Report rates Ireland’s bathing waters as either Poor, Sufficient, Good or Excellent. A further category of ‘Changes’ is used where major infrastructural improvements, such as the commissioning of new wastewater infrastructure, or other activities which could significantly bring about a change in water quality, have occurred. A formal classification cannot be determined until at least 16 samples are available for review. A holding category of ‘Changes’ is applied in such cases.

The beautiful beach at Ardmore plays an integral part in the tourism industry the town depends on.

Commenting on the Report, Paul Fallon, Infrastructure Programme Manager at Irish Water said "This is fantastic news for Ardmore. The beautiful beach at Ardmore plays an integral part in the tourism industry the town depends on. The confirmation by the EPA that the bathing waters there are rated as ‘Excellent’ can only increase the value of this amazing amenity, to both tourists and the local community alike."

Protecting Ireland’s bathing waters

Irish Water has a significant role to play in the protection of Ireland’s bathing waters. Pollution from urban run-off, wastewater discharges, agricultural sources and pollution from seabirds and other animals can all have a detrimental effect on bathing waters. Irish Water is investing approximately €326 million per annum in addressing wastewater deficiencies as part of its Business Plan to 2021. This includes ongoing works to end the practice of untreated effluent being discharged into receiving waters, which is currently the case at 44 locations nationwide.

For more information, visit our Projects and Plans page.


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