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Avoid post-rain winter swims

Thursday 30 July 2020

Eurobodalla residents should avoid swimming in local beaches, lakes and rivers for the next few days due to poor water quality.

In addition to dirty water thanks to runoff from the heavy rain, a large amount of burnt debris is also washing into local waterways.

Council’s environmental health coordinator Nathan Ladmore urged residents to stay out of the water, at least for the next few days.

“Swimming is not recommended during and at least one day after heavy rain at ocean beaches, and for three days at estuarine swimming areas because the waterways may be polluted,” he said.

“We expect more debris will be coming downstream from bushfire impacted areas over the next few days too. Murky or discoloured water often hides debris like logs and branches that can cause injury.

“People should always avoid swimming if there are signs of water pollution such as discoloured water, fast flowing or strong smelling drains, or street litter such as drinking straws, food wrappers or leaves floating in the water or on the tide line.”

Council also warns that stormwater drains or lagoon openings can be sources of stormwater pollution and are also best avoided during and immediately after heavy rain.

Eurobodalla Council regularly tests and monitors water quality in Eurobodalla Shire to ensure community health and safety.