The beaches of the Northern Illawarra have some of the cleanest water in Australia, despite a higher than average rainfall last year.
That’s the findings of the latest State of the Beaches report, complied by the NSW Government’s Office of Environment and Heritage.
The Government’s Beachwatch program took water samples from 13 sites across Wollongong every 6 days. A total of 651 samples were taken with all local sites graded in the top category of Very Good or the second category ‘Good’.
In the Northern Illawarra, Stanwell Park Beach, Coledale and Austinmer have all made it to the top category, which means they have excellent water quality and are suitable for swimming almost all of the time.
Thirroul Beach has been graded as ‘Good’, having more potential sources of pollution including stormwater drains and discharges from creeks or lagoons.
The report states that to reduce the incidence of wet-weather sewage overflows at beaches from Austinmer to Port Kembla, Sydney Water has increased the capacity of pipes and pumps and included storage tanks. They have also cleaned and repaired sewer mains in beach catchments from Austinmer south that had a high likelihood of discharging sewage to waterways if they became blocked.
And when tree roots invaded the public sewer from a private sewer, property owners were requested to fix the problem, which should improve water quality in coming years.
You can read the whole report HERE.. which details cleanliness at the individual beaches where testing has been carried out.