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Update 9 July: Heads of Ayr bathing water samples show no risk to public

Date published: 09 July 2024

Bathing waters

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have updated their advice on bathing at Heads of Ayr after the latest water quality samples showed no risk to the public.

A sample taken at Heads of Ayr bathing water on Monday, 8th July showed water quality had returned to satisfactory levels and signage advising against bathing was removed.

Signage was changed on Wednesday, 3rd July to advise against bathing as a precautionary measure after analysis of routine samples indicated a high bacterial result. SEPA liaised closely with South Ayrshire Council.

A spokesperson for SEPA said:

“Following visual checks of the beach and water sampling by our officers, SEPA have confirmed there is no impact on water quality at Heads of Ayr bathing water and have removed the signs advising against bathing.

“Water sampling will continue to take place throughout the bathing season as part of routine testing.

“We continue to work with our partners to improve Scotland’s water environment and make our summer visits to the beach safer and more enjoyable.”

Notes to Editor