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Recreational Water Quality

Australians enjoy recreational activities in and around the water, including swimming, surfing, fishing, and boating.

Recreational water quality is not able to be controlled like the water we swim in at a public swimming pool or spa and may make you sick if it is unsafe.

Recreational water may become unsafe when it is contaminated by bugs that can make you sick including bacteria, viruses and algae, or chemicals at high levels.

You can speak with an Environmental Health Officer on 1300 066 055 or the NSW Government Health website has information regarding recreational water quality.

How will this information help you?

  • Understand the risks associated with swimming, fishing and boating in recreational water bodies
  • Access the Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Water produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Access information regarding any Beachwatch Programs active in your area
Last updated: 19 June 2018