Warnings concerning debris and faecal contamination in Sydney’s coast have been issued after storms caused major pollution.
Swimmers are generally encouraged to avoid swimming in Sydney beaches for up to one day after heavy rainfall.
However, the recent storms in Sydney has increased the likelihood of bacterial contamination.
Eastern suburbs and the northern beaches were severely affected, as the NSW government encouraged members of the public not to go swimming.
Warnings were issued to beaches such as Manly, Collaroy, Bondi, Bronte, and Coogee beach. North Curl Curl and Tamarama beaches were even officially closed due to pollution and dangerous surf conditions.
Only four out of 62 beaches were reported to have no pollution in the water.
The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage announced that the most obvious signs of stormwater pollution included water discolouration, and debris in the water and on the tide line.
Polluted waters can expose diseases such as gastroenteritis, ear, nose and throat infection, and even lead to deep tissue or blood infections to swimmers.
The storms in Sydney this week caused approximately 40.5 millimetres of rainfall, 20 to 30-kilometres per hour winds, and 22,000 lightning strikes.
More storm and rainfall may be headed to Sydney, with approximately 20 millimetres of rain expected by the Bureau of Meteorology.
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