Elevated bacteria levels have been detected at these beaches and these bacteria can increase the risk of gastrointestinal infection when the water is ingested.
According to the latest news release (5 Feb 2024) by Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA):
Pasir Ris Beach and Sembawang Park Beach waters have been graded “Fair” in the annual beach grading exercise, dropping from “Good” in the previous year. The “Fair” grading reflects the increased occurrence of elevated Enterococcus (EC) bacteria levels in the beach water. Members of the public are advised against swimming at both beaches and engaging in other primary contact water activities until further notice. Other water activities, such as sailing, kayaking and canoeing can continue as normal.
Pasir Ris Beach and Sembawang Beach
Photo: The Gees Travel
Due to increased occurrences of elevated EC bacteria in the beach water, which increases the risk of gastrointestinal infection when the water is ingested, the public is encouraged to refrain from swimming in these waters. Signages will be installed at Pasir Ris Beach and Sembawang Park Beach and the advisory will be in place until further notice. Non-primary contact water activities, such as sailing, kayaking and canoeing can continue as normal.
If you are planning to visit other beaches, such as East Coast Beach, Changi Beach, Punggol Beach, Seletar Island Beach and Sentosa Beach, do take note that while they have maintained a “Good” grade and are suitable for all water activities, there could be occasions when the EC count in the beach water is elevated.
Thus, the NEA encourages beachgoers to refer to the Beach Short-term Water Quality Information (BSWI) on the NEA website (go.gov.sg/2024beachgrading) or the myENV app if they intend to engage in water activities.
Photo: Nicole Nithiyah
Sources of Elevated EC Bacteria
The NEA states that: they are “working with other agencies such as PUB, the National Parks Board (NParks) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) to investigate and mitigate possible sources contributing to the elevated EC bacteria. Based on our preliminary investigations, the elevated EC levels are from inland sources and are not transboundary in nature.”
Find out more here.