About Balbriggan, Front Strand Beach
Balbriggan Front Beach is a small flat sandy beach with an adjacent working harbour.. View available amenities and tide information at Beaches.ie.
Latest Annual Bathing Water Quality Report
Balbriggan, Front Strand Beach is classified as having Poor Water Quality in 2022 based on the assessment of bacteriological results for the period 2019 to 2022 and consequently, an Advice Not To Swim restriction will apply at the bathing water for the 2023 bathing season. Balbriggan, Front Strand Beach had a Poor Water Quality rating in 2021 and 2020, and a Sufficient Water Quality rating in 2019. Annual water quality ratings are generally calculated using monitoring results over a four-year period and are assessed against stringent bacterial limits to protect bather health. Fingal County Council reported that the main sources of pollution are sewage discharges and misconnections from domestic plumbing systems, faeces from dogs, birds and other animals, and contaminated surface streams flowing through the town. Uisce éireann have developed a drainage area plan for Balbriggan and will progress works in 2023 to identify problems in the sewer network and fix them. A project to upgrade the Quay Street pumping station is underway and expected to be completed in 2024. Fingal County Council carried out misconnection investigations in 2022 and repairs were undertaken. Fingal County Council's dog wardens carried out targeted inspections in 2022. The Green Dog Walker Scheme is promoted to encourage responsible dog ownership as dog fouling is a risk to bathing water quality. These initiatives will be continued in 2023. Fingal County Council have developed a Seagull Information Leaflet which includes advice on how to dispose of food waste. Fingal County Council will carry out further inspections of domestic wastewater treatment systems and farms in the catchment area in 2023. The 'Our Balbriggan' rejuvenation plan for the harbour also has potential to improve water quality.