Recreational Water Quality Advisories
|Weekly Recreational Water
|Band 1 (Normal)
(EC ≤ 200)
|Safe to Enter the Water
||All beachgoers can continue with water activities.
|Band 2 (Elevated)
(200 < EC ≤ 500)
For Primary Contact
|Children, the elderly, and immunocompromised3 beach users
should reduce* primary contact activities2
|Band 3 (High)
(EC > 500 OR two consecutive weeks of 200 < EC ≤ 500)
|Primary Contact Activities2
|All beachgoers should minimise* primary contact activities2
*Reduce - Do less; Minimise - Do as little as possible
Regardless of the water quality, beach users are advised to avoid entering the water immediately after heavy rainfall. Beach users with open sores, skin infections, or who are unwell are also advised to refrain from water activities.
1 Enterococcus (EC) levels for each band are as follows: Band 1 - EC ≤ 200; Band 2 - 200 < EC ≤ 500; Band 3 - EC > 500 or 2 consecutive weeks of 200 < EC ≤ 500. EC levels for the bandings are based on the WHO guidelines for safe recreational use.
2 Primary contact activities are those where
(a) the whole body or the face and trunk are frequently immersed and
(b) it is likely that some water will be swallowed. Examples of primary contact activities include swimming, skiing, wakeboarding, diving, windsurfing, kite surfing, jet skiing and water immersion training (such as capsize training for kayaking and canoeing).
3 Immunocompromised beachgoers refer to those who have weakened immune systems.