Water Quality Watch

Popular lake and beach swimming spots are tested weekly from November through to April as part of Council’s recreational water quality monitoring program.  This program is being run in partnership with the Office of Environment and Heritage’s (OEH) Beachwatch program.

Council samples one beach and 13 lake sites and Hunter Water sample another five beach sites for Enterococci bacteria.

The presence of Enterococci indicates that water may be polluted with stormwater or sewage, and Enterococci levels above 100 organisms/100mL indicate that water may be unsuitable for swimming.

Council recommends that people avoid swimming in the lake and/or beaches during and at least 48 hours after heavy rainfall because of the increased risk of pollution from contaminated stormwater. The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology contains information on recent and historical rainfall data for Lake Macquarie and the region.

The 2014-15 water sampling season has finished. The program will commence again with the start of the swimming season in late 2015.

Beachwatch daily beach pollution forecasts for local beaches are available on the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage web site.

Water Quality Results - last updated 14-APR-2015
Site Range
Description Star Rating Comments
East Lake Sites
Near baths at jetty on Brooks Parade
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Cams Wharf
End of Cams Wharf Road
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Catherine Hill Bay
Surf Club
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Croudace Bay
Baths opposite bowling club
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Lions Park adjacent to boat ramp
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Speers Point Park
Near jetty at park
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Carpark at Coon Island
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
West Lake Sites
Arcadia Vale
Baths at park on Alexander Parade
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Boat ramp at Shingle Splitters Point
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Bolton Point
Baths off Prospect Avenue
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Kilaben Bay
Baths adjacent to Kilaben Park
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Near jetty at corner of Sunshine Parade and Cessnock Road
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Near jetty at baths adjacent to Wharf Street
< 41 Good 4/4 stars
Near jetty at Wangi Point Caravan Park
< 41 Good 4/4 stars