Shoalhaven City Council is reminding local residents that online water monitoring results are available for some of the area’s most popular beaches.
Council monitors 10 beaches over the summer period in accordance with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Beachwatch protocols.
As part of the monitoring process, Council test for bacteria known as enterococci which if found are indicative of water that is polluted with stormwater or sewage and may be unsafe for swimming. All beaches rated “Good” as at 17 January 2017.
Monitored beaches include:
- Shoalhaven Heads Beach
- Tilbury Cove
- Warrain Beach
- Collingwood Beach
- Cudmirrah Beach
- Mollymook Beach
- Rennies Beach
- Racecourse Beach
- Bawley Point Beach
- Merry Beach
Council encourages local residents to keep an eye on testing results particularly after periods of high rain.
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 is important local residents keep up to date with results.
With regularly testing being undertaken by Council staff, the results are posted on Council’s website and can also be viewed as star ratings on the Office of Environment and Heritage Beachwatch website.
There are many things you can do to complement the work being conducted by the Council. By placing litter in the bin, composting garden waste and not using the hose as a broom, we can all help ensure pollution stays out of the stormwater and our waterways remain clean.
While most coastal swimming sites generally enjoy excellent water quality, some experience stormwater pollution after rain.
As a general rule, residents should avoid swimming for a day after rainfall at coastal beaches, and for up to three days in estuarine areas.
For more information visit www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au under the Discover Shoalhaven/Beaches tab under Beachwatch.