Torrens Lake Re-opens

Torrens Lake Re-opens

Good news for paddlers. Water quality in the Torrens Lake has returned to satisfactory! The Torrens Lake has reopened this morning after being closed from Friday 15 January due to elevated levels of e-coli.
Please contact:
Ian Heard at Canoe SA on 8240 3294 or
Adelaide City Council
for further information

Paddlers should be aware that paddling in recreational water can have adverse health effects. Whilst canoeing is a secondary contact activity some canoeing activity can lead to paddlers engaging in primary contact activities (see definitions below)

Stormwater and rain-water runoff can carry animal faeces and sewerage into waterways (particularly in urban areas). Paddlers should take care when paddling in recreational water bodies within 3 days of a significant rain event (>10mm)

Viruses and other dangerous organisms can survive in sea and freshwater and can enter a persons body through mouth, ears, nose and eyes as well as any cuts or wounds.

Be aware of the source of any stormwater or rainwater runoff entering a waterway you intend to paddle. Indicators of contamination can be abnormal discolouration  of the water and an unpleasant odour

Exposure to sunlight and UV rays will usually kill water borne bacteria and some other organisms in water.  The die-off rates vary depending on a number of factors.

Algea can grow in nutrient rich water. Some algea (such as blue-green algea) will irritate the skin, eyes, ears and mouth and contains toxins that are harmful if swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Algal blooms are more likely to occur during warmer months but can also occur at other times of the year if conditions are condusive.

Secondary contact  – activity in which only the limbs are regularly wet and in which greater contact (including swallowing water) is unusual and including occasional and inadvertent immersion.

Primary Contact (whole body contact) – activity in which the whole body or the face and trunk are frequently immersed or the face is frequently wet by spray, and where it is likely that some water will be swallowed or inhaled, or come into contact with ears, nasal passages, mucous membranes or cuts in the skin (eg swimming, diving, surfing or whitewater canoeing).

Note: This web page contains only general information. If paddlers notice changes in recreatioanal water bodies they should approach the relevant local government authority or the Department of Health in their state or locality.