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Pollution in Kāpiti waterways – stay clear of streams and river mouths

News from Kapiti Coast District Council
The Council is advising people to remain vigilant when swimming in Kāpiti waterways. Bacteria levels are higher than usual in some of the district’s waterways due to the long dry spell and streams and rivers flushing debris during rain events.

While Kāpiti beaches and rivers are not closed to the public, the Council is advising people to stay clear of streams and river mouths when at the beach, the Waikanae River, Te Horo Beach and the Paraparaumu Beach area between the Mclean Street beach access (south of the Kāpiti Boating Club access) and Nathan Avenue as bacteria levels in the water at these locations may be high enough to cause illness.

Bacteria levels at monitored recreational water sites are fluctuating constantly at the moment. As a general rule of thumb people are advised to stay out of the water if it looks murky or there’s signs of debris – to avoid getting sick.

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council – January 19
With the unsettled weather over the past week, the Kāpiti Coast District Council is advising people to avoid swimming in our beaches, rivers and streams for the next 48 hours.

Environmental Standards Manager Jacquie Muir says tests show that levels of bacteria are higher across the district due to the recent rain, and flushing of waterways after the long dry spell we’ve had, so it’s important that people follow advice to avoid getting sick.

“We know this is frustrating as it’s pretty warm out there but there are plenty of other great places to take a dip in Kāpiti. The Waikanae Pool, revamped Ōtaki Pool and splashpad and Coastlands Aquatic Centre are all open for business.”

“We also recently had a few people raise concerns about discoloured water in the Wharemauku Stream, and tests show that the levels of bacteria are higher than normal, which is also likely due to lower water levels and the long, hot summer we’re having.

“As a general rule of thumb, we don’t recommend swimming in streams or stream or river mouths (where streams and rivers come out at the beach), especially during hot summer months. Bacteria levels in our streams and rivers are constantly changing and at times they can be high enough to cause illness if you come in contact with them.”

Dog owners are also reminded keep their pets on-leash near Kāpiti streams and rivers, because during summer there could be pockets of toxic algae in many areas due to the hot dry weather. Test results from popular river, lagoon and beach locations are available on the Council’s website.

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1 comment:

  1. Jan Withy, 22. January 2018, 8:23

    Time to plant some trees!