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Yarra Watch – Water Quality Forecast

Yarra Watch season opens on 1 December 2019 and will run until 9 March 2020. 

We have new environmental monitoring standards for our forecasts this year. This will affect the number of poor forecasts. This does not mean water quality is worse than in previous years.

For more information go to the Changes to forecasts due to new water-based recreation standards section below the map.

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

Good

Suitable for swimming

Fair

May not be suitable for swimming

Poor

Not Suitable for swimming

N/A

Forecast data unavailable

Healesville

=Poor Today — Poor
Based on historical data

=Poor Tomorrow — Poor
Based on historical data

Last Updated 06 Dec 2019 03:00 PM

Kew

=Poor Today — Poor
Based on historical data

=Poor Tomorrow — Poor
Based on historical data

Last Updated 06 Dec 2019 03:00 PM

Launching Place

=Poor Today — Poor
Based on historical data

=Poor Tomorrow — Poor
Based on historical data

Last Updated 06 Dec 2019 03:00 PM

Warrandyte

=Fair Today — Fair
Based on historical monitoring data

=Fair Tomorrow — Fair
Based on historical monitoring data

Last Updated 06 Dec 2019 03:00 PM

Forecasting

Between 1 December 2019 and 9 March 2020, 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.

Changes to forecasts due to new water-based recreation standards

EPA will be using stricter water quality standards for issuing swim advisories in the 2019–20 summer.

What are the new standards?

The new standards reflect the State Environment Protection Policy (SEPP) Waters 2018. They align with the latest recommendations from the National Health & Medical Research Council.

Why do we have new standards?

The new standards take a more precautionary approach to protecting public health.

They are based on scientific studies linking microbial levels in water with the risk of illness.

What does this mean to me?

The stricter standards may result in EPA issuing a greater number of swim advisories during the summer.

Launching Place, Healesville and Kew will have Poor forecasts for the whole summer. The best forecast Warrandyte will receive over summer is Fair. This does not necessarily mean that water quality is worse than in previous years, but that forecasts are more precautionary to protect health.

More information

Program Partners

Department of Environment and Primary Industries Environmental Protection Agency Melbourne Water