Swimming restrictions eased for ACT waterways

Restrictions have eased for parts of the Murrumbidgee, Cotter and Molonglo rivers that were closed to swimming last week due to recent heavy rainfall resulting in poor water quality.

The following locations have now reopened:

  • Casuarina Sands
  • Uriarra East and West
  • Swamp Creek
  • Pine Island
  • Kambah Pool
  • Point Hut Crossing
  • Tharwa Bridge
  • Cotter Campground
  • Molonglo River boat ramp

Murrays Corner is still closed for primary contact (swimming) as water quality testing results have shown elevated bacteria levels. This closure will remain in place until further testing can be completed to show that water quality has returned to safe levels.

Water quality testing is conducted every week and notified on the ACT City Services website. If you are planning to swim in the ACT, always check the website first.

It is important to be aware that waterways can be unpredictable even in ideal conditions so always take care when planning to swim, be prepared, and only swim to your ability.

No matter your confidence in and around the water, be prepared by following some important safety advice.

  • Avoid swimming alone
  • Always closely supervise children who are in or near the water.
  • Know your limits – consider your swimming ability and endurance before visiting waterways. If unsure, stay away from the water’s edge.
  • Always wear a life jacket when boating and fishing.
  • Understand the dangers – water depth in rivers can change suddenly, rocks and logs may be hidden below the surface, surfaces can be slippery and currents may be stronger than they appear.
  • Enter the water carefully and avoid diving.
  • Do not consume alcohol if you are planning on entering waterways or need to supervise children in or near the water.
  • Locate and keep a look out for emergency phones near waterways in case you do not have good reception.

Canberrans eager to swim are also encouraged to visit one of the ACT’s public pools or aquatic centres. You can find out more about ACT aquatic centres on the ACT Sports and Recreation website.

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