Reminder for Recreational Swimmers in Moore River

Published on Monday, 20 January 2020 at 11:37:45 AM

Residents and visitors to Moore River are reminded to be aware of the potential health risks of natural waters.

Natural waterways like Moore River can contain many forms of bacteria, algae and amoeba.

Swimming and/or swallowing water contaminated with high levels of microbiological contamination can put you at risk of illness such as gastroenteritis, skin irritations or respiratory, ear and eye infections.

Bacteria, algae and amoeba can occur from a number of sources including farming activities, domestic animals and wildlife.

To reduce the risks to your health please follow these simple rules when recreating in any natural water body:

  • Look for posted warning signs and follow the advice on them; 
  • Do not jump or dive into the water (or force any water into the nose); 
  • Do not swim in water that looks murky or smells unpleasant; 
  • Avoid swallowing water or putting your head under water; and
  • Avoid swimming if you have an open wound or infection.

The Shire of Gingin Environmental Health Service regularly tests the Moore River at Guilderton as part of the State Health Department’s Recreational Water Sampling Program.

Further Information

Please go to the Department of Health’s website -…/How-safe-are-natural-waterways

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