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Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Westmeath currently has 3 designated Bathing Waters:

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

Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.  To help with this process, Westmeath County Council are asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.

On the 18th June 2019, a notice was placed in national media and online on our Council website inviting submissions from the public to assist with deciding which bathing areas should be identified as new bathing waters in county Westmeath.

Further to the above, please find attached submission nominating Coosan Point, Lough Ree as a designated bathing water.

If you wish to comment on the above submission, which is currently under consideration by Westmeath County Council, please email westmeathbathingwaters@westmeathcoco.ie or alternatively by hardcopy address to:

Senior Engineer,

Water Services & Environment,

Westmeath County Council,

Áras an Chontae,

Mount St,

Mullingar, Co Westmeath,

N91 FH4N.

Comments to arrive no later than the 29th May 2020.

Any comments received will be given due consideration as part of the final assessment of the suitability of Coosan Point, Lough Ree as a designated bathing water.


Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 27/04/2020