Bathing Water Data : 2018

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Number of samples taken : 16
Date Escherichia coli
(cfu/100ml)
Intestinal enterococci
(cfu/100ml)
21 May 2018 <10 <10
07 Jun 2018 20 <10
11 Jun 2018 430 90
14 Jun 2018 1700 420
18 Jun 2018 20 <10
26 Jun 2018 30 10
03 Jul 2018 20 10
05 Jul 2018 490 <10
09 Jul 2018 30 <10
17 Jul 2018 250 110
23 Jul 2018 80 120
31 Jul 2018 <10 50
07 Aug 2018 80 160
14 Aug 2018 10 <10
16 Aug 2018 50 70
22 Aug 2018 9100 >1000
Rainfall flushed bacteria into the bathing water prior to sampling. SEPAs electronic sign at Heads of Ayr advised beach users of poor water quality on the day.


Historical record

2015/16
Poor
2016/17
Poor
2017/18
Poor

Results explained

The annual bathing water classification is determined using statistics calculated from results taken over the previous four years. The water quality indicators we test for are the bacteria E Coli (EC) and intestinal enterococci (IE). The statistics take account of both the average value and the range of values in the four year dataset.

Single sample results above 500 EC and 200 IE are indicative that water was of low quality when the sample was taken. For inland waters the low quality boundaries are higher at 1000 EC and 400 IE.