Elevated Bacterial Warning for Moore River

Published on Wednesday, 7 February 2024 at 4:02:19 PM

The Shire of Gingin and the Department of Health are warning people of elevated bacteria levels at Moore River following recent sampling results. Exposure to these levels may have the potential to increase the risk of people experiencing gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin, ear, eye and throat illnesses and infections if people swim in or accidently ingest the water. 

Anyone who has entered these waters and experiencing symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal, chest pain etc, should seek medical attention and notify the Department of Health’s Environmental Health Directorate on 9222 2000 (during office hours) or email: ehinfo@health.wa.gov.au.

Department of Health warning signs have been temporarily displayed around the Moore River caravan park and river mouth area, and will in place until the all-clear has been advised. In the meantime, people are advised to avoid swimming and all other direct water contact activities.

The Shire of Gingin will continue to monitor microbial water quality and liaise with the Department of Health regarding this situation.

Moore River is part of a broader agricultural catchment area and downstream river flow can bring nutrients, organic matter, sediments, and animal faeces and waste.

Further information regarding water quality and tips for healthy swimming is available on the Department of Health website at http://healthywa.wa.gov.au/.

For all health-related media enquiries regarding this matter please contact Department of Health Media on 9222 4333 or media@health.wa.gov.au.

For any Shire-related enquiries regarding this matter please contact Bob Kelly, Executive Manager Regulatory & Development Services on 0419 953 153.

Pictured below: Department of Health warning signs are now in place around Moore River until further notice.


Shire of Gingin media contact:

Meredith Taylor
T: (08) 9575 5150
E: meredith.taylor@gingin.wa.gov.au


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