Keeldra Lough in Cloone has achieved compliance with the new stricter standard of ‘Excellent’ bathing water quality according to the most recent Environmental Protection Agency report - The Quality of Bathing Water in Ireland - 2014.
The lake is the county’s only approved swimming spot, which is important to note as the weather sets to impove this month.
The EPA advises bathers in Co Leitrim that they can check current bathing water quality using the Splash website, http://splash.epa.ie/.
The website has an interactive, colour-coded map that allows people to check out any of the 136 EU identified bathing waters. Before deciding on the best place to swim, you can find the latest reported water quality, and check if there is any bathing water warning or notification in place at your chosen location. Bathers can also follow the EPA on Twitter @EPABathingWater and receive text updates on any bathing water incidents.
The closest outdoor swimming waters to Leitrim are Mullaghmore in Sligo, which the EPA says has excellent waters and Bundroan, Co Donegal which did quite poor in the new report with ‘poor’ bathing water sample.
The EPA is also encouraging the public to use the ‘See it, Say it’ App which makes it easier to make an environmental complaint about issues such as dumping litter.