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Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Designating Bathing Waters in County Westmeath

Lough Lene Bathing Area

Westmeath currently has 3 designated Bathing Waters:

  • Portnashangan (Lough Owel),
  • The Cut (Lough Lene)
  • Lilliput (Lough Ennell)

Please see map here for the locations of these designated bathing waters. The bathing waters at Portnashangan and The Cut are classified as “Excellent” by the EPA assessment methodology based on the previous 4 years monitoring results. Lilliput showed much improved water quality in 2018 and is now classified as “Good” based on 2016 and 2017 data. 

In accordance with the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008, Westmeath County Council wishes to encourage public participation in relation to the establishment, review and updating of lists of bathing waters in Westmeath.

To help with this process, Westmeath County Council is asking people who swim at lakes and rivers in Westmeath to tell them if they think these areas should maintain their existing bathing water designations or if areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment, should be given a new official bathing area designation.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help Westmeath County 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

Submissions can be made by email to westmeathbathingwaters@westmeathcoco.ie or alternatively by hardcopy addressed to

Senior Engineer,
Water Services & Environment,
Westmeath County Council,
Áras an Chontae,
Mount St, Mullingar,
Co Westmeath,
N91 FH4N.

Note: Latest date for receipt of submissions is 22nd June 2018.

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 17/05/2018