Environmental issues


Sydney ocean beaches




Tuesday 5 May 2015

Issued at 9:00 AM

Rainfall data has been used to predict the likelihood of bacterial contamination at Sydney's ocean beaches.

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Due to wet weather, Sydney Water advises of an on-going partial bypass of secondary biological & tertiary filtration treatment at the Cronulla WWTP commencing on 1 May 2015. And bypass of Secondary Biological & Partial disinfection at Warriewood WWTP commencing 2nd May. Please contact Sydney Water for further details.


Pollution is unlikely Pollution is unlikely, enjoy your swim!
Pollution is possible Pollution is possible, take care.
Pollution is likely Pollution is likely, avoid swimming today.
Update Updated information available.

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As a general precaution, swimming at Sydney's oceans beaches should be avoided for up to one day after heavy rainfall or for as long as stormwater is present. The most obvious signs of stormwater pollution are water discolouration as well as debris in the water and on the tide line.

Beach Conditions

Weather – Early fog then a warm, sunny day. 

Winds – NW 15 to 25 km/h freshening to 30 to 40 km/h around the middle of the day before turning W/SW in the evening.

Rainfall – 0.5mm in the previous 24 hours

Expected maximum temperature – 27oC

Ocean temperature – 20oC

Swell – Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.

High tide – 1.48 metres at 08:57

Low tide – 0.51 metres at 14:45



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