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Now you can find out where the safest, cleanest beaches are before you leave home

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week launched

Katy O'Reilly on holiday from Birmingham on Portmarnock beach last month.
Katy O'Reilly on holiday from Birmingham on Portmarnock beach last month.
Image: Sam Boal

A NEW WEBSITE has been launched which will allow beachgoers find out more before they embark on a day out.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week launched, which tells the public about water quality and beach status.

It will allow beach visitors to find out what the recent water quality has been like at their regular beach, if any swim restrictions are in place, what the weather is likely to be and even what time the tide is due in.

The site also provides information on the amenities available, including access to beach wheelchairs. It replaces the Splash website and is aimed at mobile devices.

Andy Fanning, EPA Programme Manager says that the launch of the site comes at exactly the right time.

“With schools closing and the summer in full swing, will provide people with the information they need when choosing which beach or inland bathing water site to visit during the long and hopefully warm summer.

“It is important that local authorities inform the general public when pollution occurs or is predicted at our beaches so that we can all make an informed choice as to where and when to swim.”

Almost three quarters of our beaches are classified as ‘excellent’ by EU standards.

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