Recreation Lagoon temporarily closed to swimmers

30 January 2018

The Darwin Waterfront’s Recreation Lagoon and beach area has been temporarily closed to swimmers due to recent weather conditions.

The lagoon is being closed as a precautionary measure after the Darwin Waterfront Corporation received one test result today which indicates a decline in water quality.

The recent extreme heavy rainfall and dense cloud cover is likely to have impacted the water quality conditions in the Recreation Lagoon.  Daily testing will be undertaken in order to monitor conditions and the lagoon will reopen when water quality is returned to a high standard.

The Darwin Waterfront Corporation is committed to maintaining the highest environmental practices to protect the users of the lagoon and the marine environment.

Regular tests are undertaken in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Standards and Department of Health Guidelines.

The Recreation Lagoon’s flushing system continuously pumps fresh sea water resulting in the water being turned over approximately every seven days which will help to improve water quality quickly.

The public will be advised when the Recreation Lagoon is reopened. Until then please heed all signs while ongoing testing is undertaken.

Visit www.waterfront.nt.gov.au or follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook for the latest advice.

 ENDS

Media contact: Paola McCarthy, Events & Marketing Manager 0437 621 433

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