Pollution Control & Lab Services

Bathing Waters

Wicklow County Council conducts monitoring of its bathing waters areas along its coastline during the bathing season, which runs from 1st June to 15th September of each year. There are six bathing waters identified under the Bathing Water Regulations 2008. These are Bray South Promenade, Greystones South Beach, Silver Strand, Brittas Bay North Beach, Brittas South Beach and Clogga Beach, which achieved either excellent or good classification, based on the last 4 years of sample results.

Smokeless Coal Ban

Air Pollution Act (Marketing, Sale, Distribution and Burning of Specified Fuels) Regulations 2012

Wicklow, Rathnew, Greystones and Delgany have been designated under the above Regulations as areas where ‘smoky’ coal is to be banned for heating purposes. Arklow and Bray are already designated under the Regulations. The smoke and gases from the burning of smoky coal can cause severe health problems for certain people including those vulnerable to lung infections but everyone benefi ts in the long run from having better quality air to breathe.

Carbon Monoxide

Overall the air quality in Ireland and Wicklow is good. The EPA monitors air quality at a number of locations around Ireland. Visit the EPA’s website at www.epa.ie where their sitemaps show monitoring locations and air quality status.

Air Quality

Overall the air quality in Ireland and Wicklow is good. The EPA monitors air quality at a number of locations around Ireland. Visit the EPA’s website at www.epa.ie where their sitemaps show monitoring locations and air quality status.

The Air

Air pollution is a very real threat to the health of all life on this planet. Nobody knows exactly how many deaths are caused each year around the world by air pollution. In Ireland our levels of air pollution are well below some of our more industrialised European neighbours but that does not mean there is no room for improvement.

Water Pollution

There are different types of pollutants which can impact on life when added to water. Toxic materials such as mercury or arsenic are poisonous to life. Enrichment with nutrients from sewage or farm waste can encourage the growth of green algae. The algae use up oxygen in the water making life difficult for other forms of life for example salmon and trout.

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