Beach Report - Beach Water Quality Forecasts

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Beach Report

Beach Report by Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria keeps you informed of the recreational water quality at beaches around Port Phillip Bay through daily forecasts and water sampling. Water quality forecasts are issued throughout the whole year. 

This information means that you can make informed decisions about where to swim.

Recreational water quality is monitored at 36 Port Phillip Bay beaches with water samples collected at Beach Report sites every week during summer.

EPA also forecasts water quality at beaches around Port Phillip Bay based on the latest weather conditions, water quality history, recent bacterial sampling results and pollution reports.

View the current Water Quality Forecast and sign up to the SMS Alert Service at EPA Victoria | Beach Report.

What do the forecasts mean?

  • 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
  • Poor is a warning which means you should avoid contact with the water.

General Advice

EPA advises against swimming for up to 48 hours after heavy rain because during this period there may be a higher risk of illness to swimmers from increased bacterial levels.

Heavy rain and storms are highest risk to the public when they follow extended periods of dry weather as the ‘first flush’ of the stormwater system carries most of the pollution that has built up in the drains into the bay.