Sal­monella is not found in other tests

Southern Telegraph - - News - Pierra Wil­lix

One wa­ter sam­ple taken from a beach pop­u­lar with swim­mers, kite surfers and recre­ational fish­ers has re­turned a pos­i­tive re­sult for sal­monella.

Fol­low­ing calls from the com­mu­nity for ac­tion on the con­di­tion of wa­ter along the Safety Bay fore­shore and the area known as the Pond, the City of Rock­ing­ham agreed to take sam­ples to test wa­ter qual­ity after re­ports of rot­ting sea­weed and wildlife be­ing found dead.

More than a month after this meet­ing, two sam­ples of wa­ter were taken on Novem­ber 26.

The sam­ple taken from the Bent Street jetty re­turned a pos­i­tive de­tec­tion for sal­monella when the re­sults came back three weeks later.

The City col­lected more sam­ples last week, but when re­sults came back three days later, sal­monella was not de­tected.

A De­part­ment of Health spokes­woman said the area did not need to be closed as “the most re­cent sam­pling shows zero con­tam­i­na­tion of the wa­ter”.

“At this stage the de­part­ment is not aware of any risks as­so­ci­ated with swim­ming in this area,” she said.

How­ever Clean up Our Coast com­mu­nity group mem­ber Tom Man­nion said he was “con­cerned” the City had not taken ac­tion to warn beach users of the sal­monella re­sult after the pos­i­tive test re­sult.

“There has been one test show­ing a sal­monella de­tec­tion and one that didn’t, but with that first test, peo­ple had been ex­posed to it in the days and weeks lead­ing up to the read­ing,” he said.

The City said that if a sec­ond de­tec­tion of sal­monella had been re­ceived, the af­fected beach would have been closed, but the sec­ond re­sult did not re­quire this ac­tion.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the re­sult from last week’s test con­firm the Pond was safe for swim­ming and recre­ation.

A build-up of rot­ting sea­weed and slime near the Pond on the Safety Bay fore­shore re­cently.

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