Avoid swimming at beaches after heavy rain

Publish Date : 06 Apr 2017
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Aucklanders are being reminded to avoid swimming at beaches across the region for up to 72 hours following severe rainfall.

Water quality samples taken from beaches across the city have shown high bacteria and turbidity counts, coinciding with heavy rainfall over the last 48 hours.

Auckland Council recommends beachgoers wait an extra day or two before swimming or undertaking recreational activities on the water. This is due to the potential public health risk.

The Safeswim water monitoring season has now ended however Aucklanders can check historic water quality data on the Safeswim website.

Okahu Bay Urupa

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Reserves Board have imposed a three-day rāhui on Okahu Bay, as floodwaters from their cemetery are cleared to the sea.

This means people are being asked not to swim in the bay until Sunday, respecting the cultural sensitivity of water being removed from a burial ground and any water quality issues this may bring.

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