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Beach Water Quality

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Beach Water Quality
Beach Water Quality
  • The Issue
  • The Challenge
  • Our Efforts
  • Progress Update

THE ISSUE

BEACH WATER CAN BE HARMFUL

Beach water is vulnerable to contamination from pollutants. During water activities at the beach, we will come into contact with seawater and may ingest it accidentally. Should the water quality be poor or contaminated this may lead to gastrointestinal and respiratory illness.

Beach Water Supply Issue

THE CHALLENGE

MANY FACTORS AFFECT THE QUALITY OF BEACH WATER

MANY SOURCES OF POLLUTION TO MONITOR

  • Beach Quality Chanllenge

    Minor Leakage From Older Sewers

  • Beach Quality Chanllenge

    ANIMALS

  • Beach Quality Chanllenge

    DISCHARGES FROM MOORED VESSELS

CHANGING TIDES PRESENT DIFFERENT CHALLENGES

While our beaches are cleaned regularly, changing tidal conditions make the task more challenging. During the north-east and south-west monsoons, more floating refuse and debris is washed ashore from the open sea. This requires greater effort in removal.

BEACH GOERS MUST PLAY THEIR PART

While beach goers enjoy their time at the beach, they should take care not to leave rubbish behind when they leave, which could contribute to the pollution of beach water.

OUR EFFORTS

SETTING STANDARDS, MONITORING AND CLEANING UP

Water samples are collected and tested by NEA weekly at monitored recreational beaches. These tests help ensure that our beach water quality meets our recreational water quality guidelines.

Singapore's recreational water quality guidelines are adopted from World Health Organisation guidelines for Safe Recreational Waters. The local guidelines were established in 2008 after a careful study of the WHO guidelines, analysis of data gathered over a few years, and consultation and collaboration with other relevant agencies.

NEA also has regular cleaning regimes for our beaches.

Beach Water Our Efforts

PROGRESS UPDATE

HIGH STANDARDS UPHELD

For the past few years, five out of the six recreational beaches monitored by NEA were assessed to be suitable for primary contact activities such as swimming and wakeboarding.

The water quality at Pasir Ris beach did not meet the recreational water guidelines in past but has since improved in 2011 to achieve the 'Good' standard.

Since 27 Jan 2012, Pasir Ris beach has joined five other popular recreational beaches where the water quality is suitable for beach goers and water activities.

Beach Water Progress

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