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Advice against bathing at Heads of Ayr

Date published: 03 July 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. As this has the potential to impact human health, signage has been posted to advise the public.

A routine sample taken by The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has indicated a high bacterial result at Heads of Ayr bathing water.

We are temporarily advising against bathing and paddling whilst we investigate, due to the potential human health risk. Signs are being posted to indicate this.
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 a high bacterial result 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 mitigation measures. Further water samples will be taken from the bathing water to determine any on-going impact.

“SEPA’s electronic sign at Heads of Ayr has been changed to advise against bathing and paddling. This will remain in place until the water quality returns to a satisfactory level.”