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Swimming Water Quality

Unwell after Swimming in Northland

Should you become ill with symptoms of gastroenteritis after swimming in Northland, it is recommended that you see a doctor if the symptoms are severe or if you are worried.

If you think that your illness was caused by swimming, you should contact the on-call Health Protection Officer on 09 430 4100.

Recreational Water Sampling Program 2016/2017

The Recreational Swimming Water Quality Programme is a joint project managed by the Northland Regional Council in partnership with the Northland District Health Board, Far North District Council, Whangarei District Council and Kaipara District Council.

This programme runs from early December through to early March and monitors a number of popular coastal, river and lake sites across the Northland region. Water samples are collected on a weekly basis from each site and analysed to measure levels of faecal and enterococci indicator bacteria concentrations. Indicator bacteria signify the presence of disease causing pathogens. Weekly grading indicates one of three categories:

  • green for an acceptable level (suitable for swimming);
  • orange for an alert (potentially unsuitable for swimming), and
  • red for action level (unsuitable for swimming).

Click one of links below for information via the LAWA website:

Northland DHB will advise of any identified risk to public health via our website, and temporary signs will be erected at contaminated sites.

Permanent signs are erected at sites where water quality is consistently poor or very poor. It is recommended not to swim at these sites at any time.

Click here to view frequently asked questions regarding Swimming Water Testing in 2017-18.

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