EU Swim Project



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Media Releases

Belfast, 7th December 2017: A cross-border research project for developing a system for live bathing water monitoring is launched today at a prestigious event at Titanic Belfast, including presentations from project funders, partners and a stakeholder forum. This project has been funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

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Two schools are hosting weather stations at Scoil Chríost Rí, Enniscrone, Co Sligo and St Patrick’s Primary School near Waterfoot beach in Glenariff, Co Antrim. This has provided an exciting opportunity for both schools to collaborate on a project to share the data coming from their SWIM weather stations and to compare and interpret their results.

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The EU SWIM Project presented an update at the recent Beach and Marinas Awards 2019 at the Marine Court Hotel, Bangor.  The update included a preview of the EU SWIM app.

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July 2019 was an exciting time at the EU SWIM Project, as we launched our new, free app onto the market.

Click here, to read what the Belfast Telegraph had to say about it.

You can download the app via the Apple store by clicking here

Or via the Google play store here

In August, with help from local councils, the project installed 9 electronic beach signs.

Click here, to read what the Northern Ireland Environment Link had to say about it.

The 2019 UK Bathing Waters Conference was held in November, in Belfast, hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

The conference gathered delegates from various organisations, including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the World Health Organisation and Natural Resources Wales.

The EU SWIM Project were given the opportunity to present and discuss with delegates our latest project developments.

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Come in the water is lovely!

Go behind the scenes and meet the clean bathing water team who strive to bring you safer bathing waters . . .

Bathing water safety and quality is so important for public health and wellbeing. Public littering both at home – when unsuitable items are flushed down the toilet or put down the sink, along with littering along our coastlines, bring a huge legacy for water purity and wildlife habitats.

Added to these factors, uncertainty around weather events such as storms and flooding and climate change elements can temporarily disrupt the water quality making it unsuitable for bathing.

Luckily for all beach users out there, the €1.4m EU-funded SWIM (System for Bathing Water Quality Monitoring) Project provides specialized scientific monitoring giving near real-time information for beach users on nine designated cross–border beaches.

This behind the scenes task force combining the expertise of University College Dublin, Agri–Food & Biosciences Institute and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful are working to develop a system tirelessly to ensure designated beaches are safe for use during the bathing season.

Dr Rosemarie Gannon, the EU SWIM Project manager, based at UCD said, “At a time of a lot of uncertainty surrounding bathing water quality, at certain beaches on the island of Ireland, and the current restrictions around Covid-19 which limit the collection of compliance samples, our pilot phase research system which predicts bathing water quality is progressing well.”

More information about the project is available at or via Facebook and Twitter @EUSWIMProject. A downloadable app is also available from Apple and Google Play stores.

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