Bathing Water Data : 2017

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Number of samples taken : 15
Date Escherichia coli
(cfu/100ml)
Intestinal enterococci
(cfu/100ml)
22 May 2017 70 60
07 Jun 2017 3600 410
This elevated result is considered to be due to high rainfall in the catchment. Poor water quality was correctly predicted on that day and displayed at the beach location.
14 Jun 2017 10 <10
26 Jun 2017 20 <10
28 Jun 2017 40 10
03 Jul 2017 20 10
10 Jul 2017 2100 1700
Poor water quality was caused by run-off resulting from rainfall in the catchment the previous day.
12 Jul 2017 60 40
17 Jul 2017 10 <10
24 Jul 2017 50 100
26 Jul 2017 3400 4300
High rainfall resulted in poor water quality at Heads of Ayr. Poor water quality was advised on the day by SEPA’s electronic sign at the beach.
07 Aug 2017 >10000 >10000
High rainfall resulted in bacteria being flushed into the bathing water. Poor water quality was advised on the day by SEPA’s electronic sign at the beach.
09 Aug 2017 440 120
14 Aug 2017 170 200
16 Aug 2017 70 10


Historical record

2015/16
Poor
2016/17
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.