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Beach Report – Water Quality Forecast

Beach Report season is now open and will close on 12 March 2018.

SMS service for poor water quality forecasts

EPA Beach Report offers an SMS service providing alerts when poor forecasts have been issued for a beach in your region.

Avoid swimming near stormwater or river outlets 24-48 hours after heavy rain

Water Quality Forecast Key

Good

Suitable for swimming

Fair

May not be suitable for swimming

Poor

Not Suitable for swimming

N/A

Forecast data unavailable

Altona

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Aspendale Life Saving Club

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Beaumaris

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Black Rock Life Saving Club

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Blairgowrie

=Good Today — Good
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Brighton Life Saving Club

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Canadian Bay

=Good Today — Good
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Carrum Surf Life Saving Club

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Dromana

=Good Today — Good
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Eastern

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Elwood

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Frankston Coast Guard

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Frankston Life Saving Club

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Half Moon Bay

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Hampton

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Mentone

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Mordialloc

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Mornington Life Saving Club

=Good Today — Good
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Mt Martha Life Saving Club

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Port Melbourne

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Portarlington

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Portsea

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Rosebud Life Saving Club

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Rye

=Good Today — Good
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Safety Beach

=Good Today — Good
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Sandridge

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Sandringham

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Santa Casa

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Seaford

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Sorrento

=Good Today — Good
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

South Melbourne Life Saving Club

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

St Kilda

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

St Leonards

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

The Dell

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Werribee South

=Fair Today — Fair
Recent and forecast rain, stormwater pollution possible

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Williamstown

=Good Today — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

=Good Tomorrow — Good
Recent rain, however stormwater pollution unlikely

Last Updated 24 Feb 2018 03:00 PM

Forecasting

Between 1 December 2017 and 12 March 2018, Beach Report forecasts for 36 bay beaches twice a day. Good predicts that recreational water quality is suitable for swimming, Fair means that recreational water quality is good but could be affected by rainfall particularly if the beach is close to a stormwater outlet, and Poor is a warning which means you should avoid contact with the water.

Forecasts are also available on Twitter and forecast signs at life saving club beaches (on weekend and public holidays).

Beach Report forecast sign at a beach

An alert will be issued via this website and Twitter when water quality is Unacceptable for swimming.

Forecasts are based on observed and predicted rainfall, recreational water quality history, sunlight, weekly sampling and pollution reports.

Beach Report Q&As

What is Beach Report?

Beach Report is a program that forecasts and monitors bacterial water quality at 36 beaches in Port Phillip Bay over the summer period. Twice daily, a forecast of ‘Good’, ‘Fair’ or ‘Poor’ is given for each of the 36 beaches.

Good = Good water quality, is suitable for swimming

Fair = Fair may not be suitable for swimming; check for signs of stormwater pollution before swimming e.g. stormwater drains flowing, discoloured water, odour, rubbish and debris along the water’s edge

Poor = Poor is unsuitable for swimming

How does EPA determine the forecast for the beach?

The forecast is based on weather forecasts (observed and forecast rain), cloud cover, water quality history and weekly water sampling results. Forecasters also check for weather and flood warnings, and Yarra and Bay water quality alerts for pollution, fish deaths and algal blooms. Further details, including the matrix used to forecast water quality, is available here.

What is the usual summer period for Beach Report?

Beach Report runs from the beginning of December to the end of Victoria’s Labour Day long weekend in March.

How do I know whether a swim advisory has been issued for a beach?

To find out whether an advisory has been issued for a beach, check the Alerts page. Alternatively, you can check Twitter @EPA Victoria or register for SMS notifications here (forecasts get downgraded to poor if a swim advisory is issued). EPA also works with councils to put signs up at affected beaches. Lifesaving clubs will have signs to inform swimmers of water quality forecasts and other water conditions for swimming over weekends and public holidays.

Why isn’t Beach Report conducted all year round?

The Beach Report program is conducted in the warmer months when people are most likely to swim at beaches and are therefore more likely to be exposed to bacterial pollution in the water. A Beach Report season may be extended if there are seasonal outlooks for warmer than average temperatures.

Was the 2016-2017 summer unusual in pollution compared to other years?

There was a greater number of ‘Poor’ forecasts issued in 2016-2017 than the previous year. Eight per cent of all forecasts issued in 2016-2017 were ‘Poor’, whereas only six per cent of forecasts from the previous reporting season were ‘Poor’ (this translates to over 200 more ‘Poor’ forecasts over a summer) This was due to more rain over the summer resulting in a greater amount of stormwater being washed into the Bay.

EPA increased communication on days with ‘Poor’ water quality to ensure that more Victorians were aware of the risks of swimming in poor water quality.

Why has Beach Report ended if it is still warm?

No matter the temperature, EPA advises to avoid swimming near stormwater or river outlets 24-48 hours after heavy rain. Recreational users should always check for signs of stormwater pollution before swimming e.g. stormwater drains flowing, discoloured water, odour, rubbish and debris along the water’s edge. An extended Beach Report season may occur if there are seasonal outlooks for warmer than average temperatures.

How do I unsubscribe to SMS notifications?

To unsubscribe from SMS notifications, click the link in the notification. This will take you to your profile page where you can enter your mobile number and click submit.

Program Partners

Department of Environment and Primary Industries Environmental Protection Agency Melbourne Water