Water quality following heavy rain

Aerial photo of Seven Mile Beach

It's important to be aware of potential water pollution risks when swimming in natural water bodies following heavy rainfall events.

When rainfall exceeds 10mm, coastal waters and inland waterways may experience heightened pollution levels due to stormwater runoff.

In both ocean beaches, estuaries and inland waterways the key advice is to wait for three days before swimming, to allow risks like pollutants to disperse.

It is possible for swim sites to be polluted even if it hasn't rained recently, so it's essential to exercise caution and stay informed about local water quality conditions by subscribing for daily updates or visiting NSW Beachwatch.

Stay safe and protect your health while enjoying our regions natural swimming spots.