Transport Canberra and City Services


Water Quality Test Results

Bacterial Water Testing

Bacterial water testing is undertaken at various sites in the ACT, to check for the content of the potentially harmful group of bacteria known as enterococci.

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The National Health and Medical Research Council's Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Water stipulates which recreational activities are safe for people depending on the levels of bacteria in the water, and recognises two broad categories of water use, Primary and Seconday Contact. The level of bacteria considered safe for primary contact activities is considerably lower than that for secondary contact activities.

  • Primary Contact: activities which involve direct contact with water such as swimming and wading.
  • Secondary Contact: activities which generally don't require direct contact with water such as canoeing, boating and rowing.

The ACT Health Protection Service collects water samples on the first working day of the week. The bacterial test results and recommendations for safe use are then sent to PACS. As soon as the results are available, they are entered in the table below and the warning signs at various swimming areas are adjusted as required.

Bacterial levels are known to be higher after rainfall due to the effect of the quantity of material collecting in stormwater pipes, grazing land and upstream water bodies between rain events. If there has been significant rainfall since the water samples were taken, PACS may display the warning against swimming sign as a precaution. However, please be aware that bacterial levels may be high after rainfall even if the warning against swimming is not displayed.

Water quality test results: Current.

Please note that members of the public are warned to be aware of cold water temperatures.

Sampling Area

Bacterial Levels Primary Contact (swimming)

Bacterial Levels Secondary Contact (boating)

Blue Green Algae
Algae levels take priority over bacterial results

Dulwa & Nengi Bamir Beaches
Diddams Cl. West

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Bimbi Beach
Diddams Cl. East

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Yerra Beach
MacDermott Pl. North

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Bargang Beach
MacDermott Pl. Boat Ramp

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Gummiuk BeachSea Scouts Beach

'No Swimming' Area

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

John Knight Park

'No Swimming' Area

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Lake Tuggeranong

Sampling Area

Bacterial Levels Primary Contact (swimming)

Bacterial Levels Secondary Contact (boating)

Blue Green Algae
Algae levels take priority over bacterial results

Tuggeranong Town Park

Warning

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Nguru Beach
Mortimer Lewis Drive

Warning

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Ngadyung BeachFlorence Taylor Cres

Warning

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Lake Tuggeranong College

'No Swimming' Area

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Mundang BeachSea Scouts Beach

'No Swimming' Area

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Lake Burley Griffin

Lake Burley Griffin is managed and monitored by the National Capital Authority. Please visit their web site for more details.

Important information about rivers

Rivers can very dangerous due to fast flowing currents and submerged debris.
River conditions may change rapidly, particularly during and following heavy rains.
Ensure you check the sign posts at each recreational area before entering the water.
Do not enter the water if sign posts warn of dangerous conditions.

Molongolo River

Sampling Area

Bacterial Levels Primary Contact (swimming)

Bacterial Levels Secondary Contact (boating)

Blue Green Algae
Algae levels take priority over bacterial results

   

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Murrumbidgee River

Sampling Area

Bacterial Levels Primary Contact (swimming)

Bacterial Levels Secondary Contact (boating)

Blue Green Algae
Algae levels take priority over bacterial results

Pine Island

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Kambah Pool

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Casuarina Sands

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Point Hut Crossing

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Uriarra Crossing

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Tharwa Bridge

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Uriarra West - Swamp Creek

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Paddy's River

Sampling Area

Bacterial Levels Primary Contact (swimming)

Bacterial Levels Secondary Contact (boating)

Blue Green Algae
Algae levels take priority over bacterial results

Murray's Corner

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Cotter River

Sampling Area

Bacterial Levels Primary Contact (swimming)

Bacterial Levels Secondary Contact (boating)

Blue Green Algae
Algae levels take priority over bacterial results

Campsite Swim Area

Open

Open

Check Blue-Green Algae Levels

Further information

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