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Some swimming warnings lifted


14 February 2008

Some swimming warnings lifted

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr Caroline McElnay today lifted a warning made on 13.2.08 advising members of the public not to swim in the:

- Maraetotara Lagoon.
- Waipuka Stream.
- Kairakau Lagoon.
- Waipatiki Lagoon.
- Puhokio Stream.

The earlier warnings regarding the presence of blue green algae however in the Tukituki River and Lake Tutira remain in place.

Dr McElnay says re-sampling by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has shown much lower levels of bacteria. “The levels are now within the recommendations of the national Recreational Water Guidelines”.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will continue monitoring these waterways.

Dr McElnay says people should avoid all freshwater recreational waterways such as lagoons, streams, and rivers for at least three days after heavy rain. Beaches can also pose a health risk as contaminants are flushed down rivers to the coast.

All water should be checked before swimming to see that the water is clear - generally a sign that it is free from contamination. Dr McElnay says “A quick test is can you see your feet when knee deep in the water, alternatively take the kids to the local swimming pool to cool off instead.”

People can phone the Safe Swimming Line - (06) 878 1368 - or check the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council website www.hbrc.govt.nz. for the latest water quality information.

ENDS

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