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Advice against bathing at Heads of Ayr bathing water

Date published: 07 June 2024

Bathing waters

As a result of analysis of routine samples, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have indicated a high bacterial result at the Heads of Ayr bathing water in Ayrshire. As this has the potential to impact human health, signage has been posted to advise the public.

SEPA are liaising closely with South Ayrshire Council, and we will continue to work together to monitor the situation. 
A spokesperson for SEPA said: “SEPA are aware of the poor water quality at Heads of Ayr bathing water.
“Our officers have attended and are currently investigating the cause of this high result and if required we will explore any further mitigation measures. Further water samples have been taken from the bathing water to determine if this is on-going.
“SEPA’s electronic sign at Heads of Ayr has been updated to notify users of the poor water quality.
“Advice against bathing will remain in place until the water quality returns to a satisfactory level.”

Statement last updated 07/06/2024 15:15 to remove reference to Maidens bathing water. Samples at this site have now returned to normal conditions and SEPA have requested South Ayrshire Council remove signage.

Notes to Editor