Swimming in the Derwent: is your water safe?

SUMMER is here, but where are the cleanest swimming beaches in Hobart?

Until 30 March, the Derwent Estuary Program (DEP), the state government and local councils will be coordinating weekly water quality monitoring of about 30 beaches and bays around the Derwent Estuary.

Water samples are being tested for enterococci, a faecal indicator bacteria used to assess the health risks associated with pathogens in recreational waters.

Weekly water quality results will be available throughout the summer on the DEP website: www.derwentestuary.tas.gov.au/beach-watch and via Facebook: www.facebook.com/derwentestuary/.

All monitored sites are classified based on the latest monitoring results in accordance with the “Recreational Water Quality Guidelines for Tasmania 2007”, which can be viewed online via: www.derwentestuary.org.au/beach-watch.

Tasmanians are reminded that most urban areas experience poor water quality after heavy rain, including the “good” rate sites.

For this reason, swimming is not recommended in the Derwent for several days following heavy rainfall, and never in the vicinity of stormwater drains or urban rivulets.

For details about local swimming locations, contact your council environmental health officer.

More information about the monitoring program is available on the DEP website: www.derwentestuary.org.au/beach-watch.

Caption: The Derwent Estuary Program is working with its partners to test the water quality at beaches and bays around Hobart.

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