Environmental Agency Launch New Beach Tool Website

By Seamus Whelehan

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The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new look website aimed at making information on our bathing waters more accessible and user friendly.
The www.beaches.ie website is designed to allow individuals’ accesses the information they need before a day out at the seaside.
There are almost 200 bathing areas registered on the site reaching right across the country.
The new look portal can be accessed on a number of hand held devices as well as personal computers.
The domain which replaces Splash.ie, has a fresh new look that incorporates the ‘see it say it’ app, making it easier for people to report environmental issues.
Users can discover the recent water quality reading for their favourite beach, ascertain if there are swim restrictions in place and learn what the weather is likely to be and even what time the tide is due in.
Water quality readings, Met Eireann weather forecasts and Marine Institute tidal information will be updated regularly throughout the summer bathing season.
Peter Webster, Senior Scientist at the EPA encouraged everyone to use beaches.ie when planning their summer trips. He said,
“Almost three quarters of our beaches are classified as ‘excellent’ by EU standards so we really should make use of these great natural resources. We would urge anyone heading to the coast or to inland bathing sites to check out the water quality at the beaches.ie website and sign up to our dedicated Twitter account, @EPABeaches, to receive alerts and updates.”

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