Water quality

Swimming pools

The Environmental Health Unit routinely monitors and samples all public swimming pools and spas within the Shire.

Pool sampling takes place every month to ensure compliance with the Health (Aquatic Facilities) Regulations 2007 and the Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Operation, Management and Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities. Public pools are also routinely inspected to ensure facilities remain compliant with the legal requirements.

All public pools are required to be approved by the WA Department of Health prior to construction and opening.

Natural water bodies

The Shire, in partnership with the WA Department of Health, monitors and samples water from popular recreational waterways to test the bacterial water quality during the summer months.

The sites that are sampled regularly, between November and April are:

  • Hardy Inlet;
  • Gnarabup Beach;
  • Gracetown Beach;
  • Flinders Bay; and
  • three separate sites along the Margaret River.

The WA Department of Health provides further details of the monitoring program. 

Drinking water

There are numerous properties throughout the Shire that are not connected to scheme water and rely on rainwater or bore water. The Shire’s Environmental Health Officers regularly sample non-scheme drinking water at premises where food is provided to the public.

Environmental Health Officers can sample private water supplies for a fee. Water samples are sent to a laboratory for bacterial analysis with results usually available within a week. If you are interested in a more thorough analysis of a water source, you will need to contact a private laboratory or environmental consultant to arrange the testing.

Please use this form to request private water sampling.

The results of water sampling are compared with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The WA Department of Health also provide useful information on country rainwater collection including disinfection options.

Please direct any questions regarding scheme water supplies to Water Corporation

Fire recovery

Water in rainwater tanks can be contaminated during or after a bushfire, either indirectly by ash, smoke, debris or directly by fire and fire fighting activities. The WA Department of Health provides information about rainwater tanks after a bushfire. The Shire also has a guide that we can provide on request.  

Further information

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