Safety Bay: rotting seagrass not a health risk

The Bent Street Jetty, Safety Bay. By Google Maps.
The Bent Street Jetty, Safety Bay. By Google Maps.

A SERIES of strong weather events in winter has deposited seagrass along the coastline of Warnbro Sound.

Decomposing seagrass can release hydrogen sulfide, a colourless gas characterised by the odour of rotten eggs.

Hydrogen sulfide’s characteristic odour can be detected at very low levels, well below those that are known to cause health effects.

To ensure that the decomposing seagrass poses no health risk to residents the City recently purchased a hydrogen sulfide meter.

Three rounds of testing along the beach near the Bent Street Boat Ramp has returned readings that indicate there is no risk to public health as the level of hydrogen sulfide is insignificant.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City would continue with a fourth round of testing this week to alleviate any concerns over hydrogen sulfide in the area.

“To ensure there is no lasting impact on the community the City has tested for hydrogen sulfide in the area near the Bent Street Boat Ramp”, he said.

“Three tests conducted on 11, 18 and 25 September have demonstrated the odour does not pose any risk to public health.”