Beach Watch

Water quality at Blackmans Bay beach

Despite Blackmans Bay Beach having a clean bill of health for the past four months, Kingborough Council has elected to hold off requesting permission to remove the poor water quality rating.

The Mayor of Kingborough, Dean Winter, said that even though water quality at both ends of the beach had been very good, Council’s environmental health experts wanted to see the results continue over a longer period before applying to change the rating.

“We are really pleased with the results following the work that we did earlier this year.  It appears the resolution of cross connections in particular has had a positive impact,” Cr Winter said.

“We have to take a conservative approach.  Even though the water quality is very good at the moment, we are conscious that things can change quickly.

“The last thing we want to do is remove the ‘poor’ rating too early only to start seeing bad results again.

“Council will install the low flow diversions on our two major outfalls at the beach before the busy Christmas period and continue to make water quality information available on its website and through the Derwent Estuary Program.

“The northern end of the beach continues to show good readings and the recommendation remains that it is safe to swim in.”