Clifden Beach closed to swimmers due to poor water quality

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Clifden Beach will be closed as a bathing water this summer after the water quality at the beach was classed as ‘poor’ by the EPA for five years on the trot.

The EPA’s annual report published this morning says that the main problem at Clifden Beach is a storm water overflow at the wastewater treatment plant in the town.

Other potential sources of pollution include discharges from septic tanks in the area.

The beach is one of only four nationally to receive a poor’ status while all four beaches in Galway city have been classed as safe for swimming this summer.

Salthill and Silverstrand retained their ‘excellent’ status, while Grattan Road Beach retained its ‘sufficient’ status and Ballyloughane Beach was upgraded from ‘poor’ to ‘sufficient’.

Galway City Council says that this is a very good result for Galway City and that they will continue to monitor the quality of our bathing waters .