Mission Bay safe to swim again
10 January 2014
Warning signs at Mission Bay beach
have been taken down following sampling and testing
yesterday that show the water quality has returned to
The signs were put up on Wednesday afternoon
after a surprisingly poor result from the weekly Safeswim
Acting Chief Operating Officer Ian Maxwell
says he is pleased to see that Aucklanders and visitors can
safely return to swimming at the popular beach.
“This appears to have been a one-off.
may never know what caused the issue. It’s highly likely
it was a localised ocean source, such as a dead animal or
“The good news is our testing
regime picked it up and we took the sensible precaution of
advising people of the risk.
“That risk has now
passed and Mission Bay, along with the vast majority of
Auckland’s beaches, is safe for swimming.”
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