Check out beach water quality with new app

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Marie-Therese Davis-Hanson, a year round sea swimmer, easily and quickly checking the water quality results and event information for her day out at the beach, on the new app.’

The €1m EU funded SWIM (System for Bathing Water Quality Monitoring) Project has launched its pilot app, for beach-lovers to use at nine designated cross-border beaches. The app aims to provide users with information on water quality and local events.

SWIM combines the expertise of University College Dublin, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The app will make it quick and simple for users to access bathing water quality results at their chosen beach, along with information on local events, making planning a day out that much easier.

The project is funded under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

It has been provided match-funding by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government in Ireland.

“The EU SWIM app is unique because it is the first time that there is an app that provides bathing water quality information at selected beaches in the North and South of Ireland,” said Dr Rosemarie Gannon, the EU SWIM Project manager, based at University College Dublin.

“I’ve used the new app to reassure other open water swimmers and potential open water swimmers about water cleanliness, specifically in Ballyholme,” said Marie-Therese Davis-Hanson, a daily, year round sea swimmer. “The app will prove to be invaluable to my swim buddies and I; I think it’s a fantastic asset to our open water swimming community network, which is growing daily. Lots of new sea swim groups are learning about the sea, tides, currents, beach profiles, water quality & safety etc. from myself and the app.”

The app can be downloaded for free, from the Apple and Google Play stores, by searching EU SWIM Project.

More information about the project can be found at https://swimproject.eu/ or via our Facebook and Twitter accounts @EUSWIMProject

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