ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality

This Guideline replaces the Blue-Green Algae in Recreational Water Management Strategy.

This guideline is based on the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Waters published in February 2008 and adapted for local conditions.

The ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality provide a framework for the management of recreational water sites within the ACT. It addresses risks from blue-green algae as well as microbial pathogens.

There are a number of different types of water bodies in the ACT and they support various recreational activities, depending on the characteristic of the water. However there are only three lakes in the ACT that primary contact recreational activities are allowed. They are Lake Burley Griffin, Lake Tuggeranong and Lake Ginninderra.

The activities that are suitable for the various water bodies are listed in the Territory Plan and detailed in the “Canberra’s Urban Lakes and ponds Plan of Management” and the “Murrumbidgee River Corridor Plan of Management’.


ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality (October 2014) 

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