EHO's routinely monitor recreational water quality at sites across the City to make sure they are safe.
Recreational Water Quality
Information on the recreational water quality at the beaches along the foreshore
The City of Melville residents have prime access to the Swan River and all the recreational activities and relaxation it provides. The suburbs of Bicton, Attadale, Alfred Cove, Applecross and Mount Pleasant all have foreshore access to the beaches and footpaths along the river.
The sheltered bays are ideal for family days out with shallow slow moving water proving a safe environment for children to play with supervision. For Boating enthusiasts there are ramps provided at Point Walter in Bicton and Deep water Point in Mount Pleasant. The river is often used by residents and visitors for a number of leisure pursuits such as fishing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding.
City of Melville Environmental Health Officers (EHO’s) conduct water sampling and site surveys at popular recreational water use areas throughout the warmer months. Recreational water sampling is undertaken to monitor bacterial levels in the water and ensure human health is protected.
Water Sampling Schedule
The Sampling Schedule runs from the beginning of November until the end of April.
There are Currently 6 sampling locations along our foreshore which are conducted at Bicton Baths, Point Walter Kiosk and Boat Ramps, Cunningham Street and Waylen Bay in Applecross and Deep Water Point.
During each site visit a bacteriological water sample is taken from knee high water which is sent away for analysis. Also at the time of sampling a field observation form is completed. This records the conditions at the time of sampling such as recent rainfall events, weather conditions, water clarity and algae presence. The number and type of birds are also recorded along with the presence of dogs and other animals. Finally the current use is noted such as the amount of bathers and beach goers, boats and other water vessels.
Our sites are graded by the Department of Health based on the information collected during the current season and previous years. This information is available to the public by clicking on Beach and River Grades via the following link WA Health - Public Health - Environmental waters. All 6 of our sites are classified as Good – Usually Safe for Swimming.
In the event that sampling finds bacterial levels are above the safety trigger limit then signs will be erected advising against using the water body until further notice. However it is important to be aware that we recommend that you avoid swimming after heavy rainfall.
Tips for Protecting Water Quality
In order to keep our river in a safe and suitable state for swimming there are some practical measures that residents can take.
- Whilst visiting a recreational water location ensure you use rubbish bins provided or take your litter home with you.
- Always clean up after you dog.
- Do not feed birds or leave litter that may attract them or other pests.
- Do not enter the water if you have a contagious illness.
- Always use aqua nappies on babies and toddlers.
It is also important to consider what is allowed to enter storm water drains as these contaminants always end up in the river system and can make the water unsafe for humans as well as having serious consequences for aquatic life.
Aquatic Facility Sampling
City of Melville Environmental Health Officers (EHO’s) are required to inspect and monitor all public aquatic facilities under the provisions of the Health (Aquatic Facilities) Regulations 2007
These Regulations require Aquatic Facilities to abide by the Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Operation, Management and Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities.
Each month officers take water samples from all public swimming facilities within the City.
During a sampling visit we check the chemical and physical water quality and also collect microbiological samples for analysis. Aquatic Facilities are also subject to an annual audit during which we check all facilities, plant and equipment.
Physical observations are made during our visit and include visual water clarity and water temperature. Aquatic facility water must be kept clean and clear and have sufficient clarity to enable a person submerged at the deepest part to be visible to lifeguards or spectators.
Microbiological sampling is carried out to detect any bacteria or amoeba within the water. Bacteria and amoeba can grow to dangerous numbers in water that is not correctly maintained and disinfected.
Annual audits are carried out by officers to ensure the Aquatic facility is complying with all the requirements of the Code and the Regulations. During an audit all parts of the facility are inspected including change rooms, toilet facilities, plant rooms and chemical storage and First Aid facilities and equipment.
We check all safety signage and depth markings as well as the suitability of surfaces, stairs and handrails and safety barriers etc. If any part of the facility is found to be in breach of the code or regulations then we will require action to be taken to make improvements.
If you have visited a public pool or aquatic facility within Melville and have concerns about water quality, facilities or health effects after using a pool or spa such as skin or respiratory problems then contact our Environmental Health Officers on 1300 635 845
Contact the Environmental Health Team
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Phone: 1300 635 845