We monitor a number of water supplies within the district, in order to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation and guidelines.
Many of the rural and resource zoned properties within the City of Cockburn are not provided with scheme water and must rely on either a rainwater tank, a bore supply or a combination of both. A minimum sized tank of 90,000 litres should be sufficient for most families' water needs, however a larger sized tank will give you more of a reserve during the drier months.
The City's Health Service and Safer Cities Service also recommend installing a 40mm diameter "Cam-lok" coupling at the base of the tank. This will assist in flushing the tank during cleaning as well as providing a water source for firefighters in an emergency.
Please ensure that the coupling is positioned such that a vehicle can gain easy access to the fitting (ie a "Landcruiser" sized vehicle must be able to park next to the tank and fitting).
Health Services has an ongoing sampling program in place, whereby the microbiological component of potable water is analysed at a number of public premises within the City.
Please note that the City does not test scheme water. Any queries regarding this should be directed to the Water Corporation, ph 13 13 85.
The City's Health Service tests all public swimming pools and spas within the City to check water safety.
We sample each month to ensure compliance with the Health (Aquatic Facilities) Regulations 2007 and the Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Operation, Management and Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities.
Amoebic Meningitis is a serious disease which is often associated with unclean water.
You can read the Amoebic Meningitis brochure for more information.
Sampling within Jervoise Bay is conducted each month to assess the impact of stormwater runoff, industry, nutrient loading and the northern breakwater extension on the bay.
Samples are collected from several sites within Jervoise Bay for bacterial analysis, as well as John Graham Reserve beach, Coogee beach and Robbs Jetty dog beach.