Sydneysiders Listen Up: Your Local Beach Could Be Contaminated With Faecal Matter

  • William Demirdonder
  • February 9, 2022
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Maybe it’s best to skip the morning swim today. Dozens of popular Sydney beaches are thought to be contaminated – exposed to pollutants (bacteria) due to stormwater and sewage overflows from recent heavy rain.

Scientists warn that more than 70 popular swimming spots in Sydney are polluted and warnings have been issued as experts say β€œavoid the water for at least 3 days”.

The warning, issued on February 9th, 2022 by Beach Watch stated; β€œAs a precaution, swimming should be avoided due to the possibility of pollution.”

Where Does The Polluted Water Come From?

The polluted water comes from the level of a specific bacteria found in the water. A safe amount of bacteria in our beaches is 40 enterococci (a specific type of bacteria) per 100ml.

Due to the recent rainfall (thanks to La Nina weather system this Summer) causing sewage and stormwater overflows, it is thought that many of Sydney’s popular swimming beaches could see up to 10,000 enterococci per 100ml.

Quite the jump. This bacteria in elevated levels is unhealthy for you and your family.

Earth Watch Institute chief scientist; Scott Wilson recommended Sydneysiders avoid swimming at affected beaches for three days.

Mr Wilson told Channel Nine News: β€œWe tend to find that our estuarine harbour beaches tend to have more pollution than those on our open coast. The warning usually is three days after rain, I wouldn’t be swimming before that.”

We urge all Proximity Plumbing clients to heed these warnings and keep the swim at the beach on the cards for next week at least.

For more information see: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Beach WatchΒ 

Earthwatch Institute

List of Sydney Beaches to Avoid For 3 Days:

Birdwood Park (Narrabeen Lagoon) – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

North Narrabeen – pollution is possible, take care

North Curl Curl – pollution is possible, take care

Queenscliff Beach – pollution is possible, take care

Bondi Beach – pollution is possible, take care

Tamarama Beach – pollution is possible, take care

Bronte Beach – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Coogee Beach – pollution is possible, take care

Malabar Beach – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Little Bay Beach – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Boat Harbour – pollution is possible, take care

Barrenjoey Beach – pollution is possible, take care

Bayview Baths – pollution is possible, take care

Parsley Bay – pollution is possible, take care

Rose Bay Beach – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Murray Rose Pool – pollution is possible, take care

Hayes Street Beach – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Clifton Gardens – pollution is possible, take care

Balmoral Baths – pollution is possible, take care

Edwards Beach – pollution is possible, take care

Chinamans Beach – pollution is possible, take care

Northbridge Baths – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Davidson Reserve – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Gurney Crescent Baths – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Clontarf Pool – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Forty Baskets Pool – pollution is possible, take care

Cabarita Beach – pollution is possible, take care

Dawn Fraser Pool – pollution is possible, take care

Chiswick Baths – pollution is possible, take care

Woolwich Baths – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Tambourine Bay – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Woodford Bay – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Greenwich Baths – pollution is possible, take care

Monterey Baths – pollution is possible, take care

Silver Beach – pollution is possible, take care

Sandringham Baths – pollution is possible, take care

Dolls Point Baths – pollution is possible, take care

Ramsgate Baths – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Brighton Le Sands Baths – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Kyeemagh Baths – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Foreshores Beach – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Yarra Bay – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Frenchmans Bay – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Congwong Bay – pollution is possible, take care

Como Baths – pollution is possible, take care

Jew Fish Bay Baths – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Oatley Bay Baths – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Carss Point Baths – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Horderns Beach – pollution is likely, avoid swimming

Gymea Bay Baths – pollution is possible, take care

Gunnamatta Bay Baths – pollution is possible, take care

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