Summer season monitoring
LAWA shows the best available water quality information to help you decide where to swim. For many sites there are two types of information available, the weekly sampling result and the overall bacterial risk.
Weekly sampling result
The weekly sampling result is a snapshot in time and is a guide to the recent water quality at this site.
Overall bacterial risk
Overall bacterial risk is important to consider. Based on 3 years of data it is a guide to the general water quality at this site.
Heavy rain flushes contaminants from urban and rural land into waterways and we advise you not to swim for 2 – 3 days after heavy or prolonged rain – even at sites that generally have good water quality. Check that the water is clean and clear before taking a dip.
See factsheets for more information.
What do the icons mean?
Summer season monitoring history
Enterococci sampling graph
- Samples this season
- Samples from last 3 years
When swimming at an unpatrolled beach please watch out for yourself and others, never swim or surf alone, be aware of the dangers and know your limits.
Site suitable for these activities and has these facilities
Our lakes, rivers, and beaches are great natural playgrounds but they can be unpredictable. Be aware of other potential risks such as rips, strong currents, sudden drop offs, or underwater objects before jumping in. LAWA recommends that you avoid swimming for 2 - 3 days after heavy rainfall and follow the advice of any warning signs in place.