Water Quality and Safety

Find out about the various water testing responsibilities and practices within the City of Cockburn, ensuring you stay informed about the quality and safety of your water sources. 

Scheme water

Testing of scheme water is the responsibility of the Water Corporation.  Please contact them directly for any queries relating to scheme water

Non-scheme drinking water

The City regularly analyses the microbiological content of non-scheme drinking water from various public premises. 

Rainwater tanks and bore supply

Many rural and resource-zoned properties within the City rely on either a rainwater tank, a bore supply, or both. 

A 90,000-litre tank should meet the minimum water needs of most families, but a larger tank is preferable, especially during drier periods. 

The City advises installing a 40mm diameter camlock coupling at the tank's base to facilitate cleaning and to serve as an emergency water source for firefighters. 

The Department of Health provides more detailed information on using water tanks on your property

Recreational water

The City tests all public swimming pools and spas monthly to ensure their water safety complies with the Department of Health’s code of practice. 

Marine water

During the summer months, the City conducts monthly bacteriological sampling of ocean water at Jervoise Bay, Woodman Point, Coogee Beach, Port Coogee, John Graham Recreation Reserve, and Robbs Jetty dog beach.  

This program is part of a state-wide study of the quality of ocean waters coordinated by the Department of Health. 

Report a water safety issue

You can make a complaint or report an issue via the Public Health Complaint Form.  

More information and contact

Please contact the City’s Health Services team for more information on safe water on 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected].  

To find out more about the management of aquatic facilities, including the Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Operation, Management, and Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities, visit the Department of Health



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Spearwood 6163

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Western Australia, 6965

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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for Country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past and present.