Ballywalter

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Ballywalter
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Ballywalter is an old fishing village and now a popular destination for tourists. It has a long sandy beach with a large breakwater and slipways.

Activities

The beach and area is used for boat trips, watersports and fishing.

Wildlife and Walks

There are picnic sites up and down the coast and Ballywalter Park is near the beach: http://ballywalterpark.com/

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 1st June to 15th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Sufficient

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.

Weather

There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

Click here to visit the Met Office website to search for a nearby location

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Strong winds Strong winds

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Ballywalter

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Slipway Slipway

Parking

 

Two car parks available, both are close to the beach.

Dog restrictions

 

Dogs are allowed

Beach cleaning

No current information

Lifeguards

None.