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Yarra Watch – Water Quality Forecast

Yarra Watch season is now closed and will open on 1 December 2019.

Avoid swimming after rain. Please remember It is illegal to swim downstream of Gipps Street, Abbotsford. Kew at the Chandler Highway represents the urban site where it is legal to swim.

Water Quality Forecast Key


Suitable for swimming


May not be suitable for swimming


Not Suitable for swimming


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Between 1 December 2018 and 11 March 2019, Yarra Watch forecasts for four sites along the Yarra River  twice a day. Good predicts that recreational water quality is suitable for swimming, Fair means recreational water quality is good but could be affected by rainfall, particularly if the site is close to a stormwater outlet, and Poor is a warning that means you should avoid contact with the water. Forecasts are also available on Twitter.

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, weekly sampling and pollution reports.

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Department of Environment and Primary Industries Environmental Protection Agency Melbourne Water