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Council continuing to monitor water quality at local beaches

Shoalhaven City Council is continuing to monitor and report on the water quality of the area’s beaches this summer, allowing both local residents and visitors to take to the water with renewed confidence.

Council monitors 10 beaches over the summer period in accordance with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Beachwatch protocols.

These beaches include -

• Shoalhaven Heads beach
• Tilbury Cove
• Warrain beach
• Collingwood beach
• Cudmirrah beach
• Mollymook beach
• Rennies beach
• Racecourse beach
• Bawley Point beach
• Merry beach

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said she was encouraging local residents to keep an eye on testing results particularly after periods of high rain.

“We are obviously extremely lucky to live in an area with such pristine natural waterways and beaches,” said Clr Gash.

“Council conducts regular testing over 10 popular local beaches over the summer months, and while the results for the Shoalhaven are generally of an extremely high standard, it’s important local residents keep up to date with results.

“Council staff conducts regular testing for a bacteria known as enterococci, which indicates if water is polluted with stormwater or sewage and whether it may be unsafe for swimming.”

“These results are then posted on Council’s website and can also be viewed as star ratings on the Office of Environment and Heritage Beachwatch website.”

Beachwatch Program Manager, Cris Hickey congratulated Shoalhaven City Council on their commitment to both water quality testing and to keeping the public informed of these results.

“The South Coast is justly renowned for its spectacular beaches, bays, estuaries and coastal lakes and rivers,” said Mrs Hickey.

“For the most part, these swimming spots are as clean as they are beautiful. However, people need to be able to be confident about the quality of the water they’re swimming in.

“They need informed advice about any potential health impacts and whether it might be sensible to avoid swimming at certain times.”

“While most coastal swimming sites generally enjoy excellent water quality, some experience stormwater pollution after rain.”

“As a general rule, we encourage people to avoid swimming for a day after rainfall at coastal beaches, and for up to three days in estuarine areas.”
For more information please visit www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au under the Discover Shoalhaven/Beaches tab.

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