EPA makes a splash in Offaly

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-launched Splash, the national bathing water information website, providing current and timely information for people in Offaly heading to the beach during the summer months.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-launched Splash, the national bathing water information website, providing current and timely information for people in Offaly heading to the beach during the summer months.

With schoolchildren on holidays and many families in Offaly planning trips to the beach, splash.epa.ie allows people to check the water quality at 135 identified bathing waters nationwide.

The brand new Splash site has an interactive, colour-coded map that allows people to check if their favourite swimming spot is green for good, yellow for sufficient or orange for poor water quality. Before deciding on the best place to swim you can find out if there are any current bathing water warnings or notifications at your chosen location. Splash also details those areas that currently have a ‘poor’ status and those that are closed for the season. Splash allows people to view the bathing spots identified for the current year and tells you how to get involved in identifying new bathing waters in Offaly that could be added to the list.

Peter Webster, EPA Senior Chemist said:

“Our famous rainy summers have seemingly changed for the better and we have been enjoying some spells of nice weather. With this in mind and with schools now out for the summer the EPA is delighted to re-launch our Splash bathing website. Splash will help families, holiday makers and swimmers in Offaly by providing you with up to date information on identified bathing waters and informing you about the latest water quality in your chosen area.”

Peter Webster continued:

“Splash can also direct you to where you can check which bathing spots have blue flags, see which beaches have lifeguard cover and find out what facilities are available at different beaches. In addition to using the re-launched site people in Offaly can follow the EPA on Twitter at @EPAIreland for updates on bathing water incidents. We acknowledge the work of the 18 Local Authorities that play a key role in the Splash resource by providing the bathing water monitoring results and other information throughout the bathing season”.

Visit Splash to check the water quality at your favourite bathing spot at splash.epa.ie