Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Southland Rivers Adverse for Swimming & Water Activities

Joint Media Release

Southland River Conditions Adverse for Swimming & Water Activities

High and elevated levels of faecal contamination have been detected in four fresh water areas where people commonly swim and enjoy other water-based recreation.

The sites are the Aparima River at Thornbury, the Waikaia River at Waikaia – each presenting as a significant health risk; the Mataura River at Gore and Mataura River at Riversdale – each presenting as having potentially increased health risks.

Environment Southland routinely monitors water quality at recreational water sites at popular bathing and/or shellfish gathering locations. These results are available on our website, www.es.govt.nz.

Coastal scientist Nick Ward said the latest results are from samples taken before the heavy rain that has caused the current flood warnings on Southland Rivers, so levels of faecal contamination are likely to remain elevated for the immediate future and may increase at other sites, too. “It would be unwise to go swimming,” he said.

Medical Officer of Health Marion Poore said that all recreational users, including boaties and people fishing, need to be aware that if they go in the water they are at risk getting gastroenteritis. A good rule of thumb is to avoid areas where the water is churned up and murky.

Ms Poore said people should stay out of the rivers now and over the weekend because of the increased health risks and because the rivers are running high at present. “We want people to be sensible and avoid water contact even if the weather is good,” she said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Flag Campaign

So far, the public has treated the government’s flag campaign with something between disinterest and disdain. Most New Zealanders have instinctively seen through the marketing hype involved. More>>

Change For 2017: Local Govt To Decide On Easter Sunday Trading

The Government is to enable local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced. More>>

ALSO:

(And Targets Worse Than Australia's): Foresters Abandoning Emissions Trading Scheme

The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news