Why you should check the water quality before going for a swim in Victoria
Victoria's Chief Environmental Scientist explains why it’s important to check the quality of the water before heading for a dip at the local beach, river, or watering hole.
While summer is usually synonymous with swims and building sandcastles, it is important to stay up to date with the water quality across the 36 Victorian beaches along Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River so your health is not at risk.
Victoria's Chief Environmental Scientist, Professor Mark Patrick Taylor, tells us why it is important to check water quality before heading in for a dip – and what you can do to make a difference.
As well as protecting our environment, The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) are responsible for protecting the environment and human health from pollution and waste.
The EPA set daily forecasts for water quality based on rain, sun, history, pollution reports, and sampling of the water.
Additionally, says Taylor, “[the EPA] provide guidance and advice that the community can use interactively on a daily basis to decide to go to the beach.”