Beach Report keeps you informed of the water quality at beaches around Port Phillip Bay through daily forecasts. The forecasts mean you can make informed decisions about where to swim.
EPA Victoria monitors water quality at 36 Port Phillip Bay beaches with water samples collected at Beach Report sites every week during summer.
These samples are tested for enterococci, a group of bacteria found inside warm-blooded animals. Enterococci is recognised as the best indicator in measuring faecal contamination of marine recreational waters.
From December 1st 2013 until the Labour Day long weekend in March, Beach Report forecasts are your guide to the best swimming beaches.
Forecasts for 36 bay beaches are issued twice a day, Good predicts that water quality is suitable for swimming, Fair means that water quality is good but could be affected by rainfall particularly if the beach is close to a stormwater outlet, and Poor is a warning which means you should avoid contact with the water.
An alert will be issued via this website and Twitter when water quality is Unacceptable for swimming.
Forecasts are based on the water quality history of the beach, currents, predicted rainfall and sunlight.