Very occasionally - i.e. usually for no more than a few weeks every few years at most - when conditions are just right, water particularly in sheltered bays, rivers and estuaries may turn a combination of pink, brown, yellow or pale green. When this happens, it is more than likely the result of an algal bloom - a natural phenomenon that happens all around the world. Contact with algal blooms whether direct or indirect should be avoided as it can cause the formation of skin irritation and rashes while also having the potential to be toxic. See the Department of Health's media release relating to an algal bloom in December of 2010 in Esperance for further details.
For information on drinking water, guidelines and links to resources, visit the Department of Health's website.
Installation of rainwater tanks requires written planning approval in most instances (minor exemptions apply) prior to construction or placement onsite. Contact Planning Services on (08) 9071 0676 or via email at email@example.com for further information.
Rainwater tanks are an excellent source for providing non-potable water to your household for use in the toilet and laundry, washing your car and watering the garden. Federal and state rebates may also be available in some instances, see the Water Corporation's Rainwater Tanks information sheet for further details.
See the Department of Health's website for additional information on rainwater collection.
Recreational Water Sampling
Environmental Health Services sample various public water sources, pools and spas within the Shire regularly, testing the water quality to ensure it is safe for consumption, irrigation or to swim or bathe in. Parameters for testing include levels of chemical disinfection, pH level, temperature and the presence of assorted bacteria and amoeba.