Eurobodalla Beachwatch Program
Water quality at Surf Beach
Council’s Public and Environmental Health Team is investigating water-quality results at Surf Beach. To date, Council has not identified a potential source or reason for this water-quality issue. For more information, click on the link to Surf Beach on this page.
We sample and test water from beaches across the Eurobodalla Shire, every year from the start of November to the end of March.
We collect five samples a month from 11 popular beaches.
- Annual sample timeframe: November to March
- Last sample date: 20 March 2023
Water quality guidelines
To determine whether water quality is safe for swimming, beaches are assessed in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council's Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Waters (NHMRC, 2008). The NHMRC 2008 guidelines advocate enterococci as the single preferred indicator organism for the detection of faecal contamination in recreational waters.
'Good' rating: bacterial levels are safe for bathing according to National Health & Medical Research Council guidelines.
'Fair' rating: bacterial levels indicate an increased risk of illness to bathers, particularly those with lower immune function such as the elderly and young children.
'Poor' rating: bacterial levels indicate a substantially increased risk of illness to bathers.
'Bad' rating: bacterial levels indicate a substantially increased risk of illness to bathers.
The majority of the tested sites consistently complied with these guidelines during summer.
- Avoid swimming up to three days after rain, and when the water looks murky and unclean. Stormwater washes pollutants from the catchment into waterways, which can impact water quality.
- All beachgoers can help protect the pristine nature of our beaches and estuaries by collecting and removing litter.
- We deliver the Beachwatch Program in partnership with the Department of Planning and Environment.
- The Department of Planning and Environment provides Beachwatch Program information, including the State of the Beaches Report.
We can help you
For more information about our Beachwatch Program, please contact our Public and Environmental Health Team:
- T: 02 4474 1310
- E: firstname.lastname@example.org