How EPA monitors water quality
EPA monitors water quality at locations across Victoria.
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EPA monitors marine and freshwater quality at locations across Victoria.
The marine monitoring program aims to:
We currently monitor marine water quality at fixed sites located at:
We monitor marine water quality through:
EPA’s forecasts for 36 Bay beaches are published on the Yarra & Bay website.
This summer, we will use new stricter water quality standards for the first time.
The new standards may result in EPA issuing more swim advisories during the summer.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that water quality is worse than previous years.
It means the new standards are working with a more precautionary approach to protect public health.
The new standards are based on scientific studies. The studies link levels of microbes in water with the actual risk of illness.
We urge you to check the Beach Report on the Yarra & Bay website before swimming.
You can also sign up for a free SMS service on the website. You’ll get a text when the water at is forecast to have poor quality.
Water quality forecasts are also on our Twitter feed. Follow @EPA_Victoria.
See a doctor if you suspect illness after swimming.
The freshwater monitoring program aims to:
We monitor freshwater quality through:
EPA will partner with Melbourne Water to forecast water quality at four spots along the Yarra River. These are:
These forecasts are available on the Yarra & Bay website.
Reviewed 15 May 2020