The City of Fremantle’s environmental health services team samples each public pool and spa within its boundaries once a month, testing the water quality to ensure that it is safe to swim and bathe in.
For information on drinking water, guidelines and links to resources, visit the Department of Health’s website
Rain water tanks
There are no requirements to obtain a building licence from the City to install a rain water tank. Rain water tanks are an excellent source of providing non-potable water to your household for the toilet and laundry, washing your car and watering the garden.
In terms of the City's position on water sustainability for new developments, please refer to Local Planing Policy 2.2 Part A clause 3 and Part B - Water. The City's policy recommends that new lots developments include installation of at least a 3000 litre rainwater tank plumbed to the toilet or washing machine.
The Department of Health’s website has more information on rain water collection.
Recreational water sampling
The City of Fremantle’s environmental health services team samples each public pool and spa within its boundaries once a month, testing the water quality to ensure it is safe to swim or bathe in. Parameters for testing include level of chemical disinfection, pH, temperature, bacteria and amoeba. Samples are measured against the standards set out in the Code of practice for the design, construction, operation, management and maintenance of aquatic facilities.
The City’s four beaches (Bathers Beach, Leighton Beach, South Beach and Port Beach) are also sampled during November to April for bacterial quality as part of the state government’s annual health swimming survey. The City’s beaches have each recorded a green beach grade over the past years of sampling. This means that the water quality is of a high standard and is safe for swimming. The results of testing are collaborated yearly with other local governments and displayed on the healthy swimming website.
The Department of Health's how safe are natural waterways brochures have more information on natural waterways.