Beach water advice
During the summer, beachgoers will be able to receive advice when the water quality at their local beach is not suitable for swimming.
Beaches in Adelaide are safe and healthy for 98% of the time. However, the water quality at beaches can be impacted by rainfall which flush stormwater into the sea leaving discoloured water especially around drains.
The Department of Health and Ageing has advised that people should not swim in discoloured or murky water and through this program beach users will have easy access to current information to enable them to make that decision.
Beach users can opt to receive notifications via email by subscribing for updates (located above the map). You can also choose to receive online advice from AlertSA.
The advice will be sent during periods of poor water quality and swimming should be avoided in discoloured water. And when stormwater discharges have ceased, a follow-up message will indicate that it is safe to swim again.
On days when the water quality is poor, beaches on this map will be flagged in real-time at locations where stormwater is discharging and impacting on the bathing water quality. Discharging is only expected to last a few days.
The beaches being monitored are from Semaphore in the north to Noarlunga in the south.
Torrens dilution flows in summer 2015–16
The Torren River is monitored every year for blue-green algae levels, and dilution flows are released to control elevated concentrations.
During the previous summer, there were controlled release dilution flows of 150 ML/day into the Torrens River (for up to 4 days).
Local residents and visitors to the Torrens Linear Park would have noticed flows in the river for up to 5 days at a time as water is released downstream from the hills.
Controlled dilution flows may also be released during the 2015-16 summer.
Flows of freshwater into the lake will result in flows downstream to the Torrens Outlet at West Beach, possibly triggering a beach water alert.
Please remember to avoid swimming in discoloured water.