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

 

Summer swim spot survey starts soon

Date: 17 November, 2014

Summer swim spot survey starts soon

Annual summer water quality tests which indicate how suitable Northland’s most popular beaches, rivers and lakes are for swimming will begin later this month. (SUBS: Monday Nov 24)

Northland Regional Council member Joe Carr, chairman of the council’s Environmental Management Committee, says this year’s testing programme will get underway on Monday November 24 and will run until the second week of March.

Councillor Carr, who represents the council’s Hokianga-Kaikohe constituency, says staff have been monitoring bacterial levels at popular swimming spots over the summer for more than a decade.

He says hundreds of samples will be taken from 47 coastal and 13 freshwater sites Northland-wide to check bacterial levels at beaches, lakes and rivers most often used for swimming, water sports and similar forms of recreation.

Test results will be posted online weekly (on Fridays) at www.nrc.govt.nz/swimming allowing Northlanders and visiting holidaymakers to make informed decisions about where they swim.

Councillor Carr says depending on the number of bacteria in them, samples get one of three grades; ‘green’ (suitable to swim), ‘amber’(potentially unsuitable for swimming) or ‘red’ (unsuitable for swimming).

Weekly results are also forwarded to the Whangarei, Far North and Kaipara District Councils, the Northland District Health Board (DHB) and other interested parties.

“The DHB and relevant district council are informed of any results showing elevated bacterial levels within 24 hours and it’s then the board and the appropriate district council’s responsibility to take action.”

That can include further site investigations to establish the source of any contamination, public warnings not to swim or gather shellfish and putting up permanent warning signs at the worst sites.

Councillor Carr says there are four simple tips people can follow as a useful rule of thumb when trying to judge water quality:

• Don’t swim if there are warning signs indicating unsafe water;

• Don’t swim for two or three days after heavy rain;

• Don’t swim if water looks dirty/murky, smells or has scum on its surface;

• Be aware of potential sources of contamination – both nearby and upstream.

“Fortunately, most of the popular spots we monitor are usually suitable for swimming, although Northland’s high rainfall and hilly terrain means these can be temporarily contaminated by run-off from the land for several days after heavy rain.”

He says anyone wanting to report concerns about water quality can contact the regional council’s freephone 24/7 Environmental Hotline on (0800) 504 639.

“Those wanting to check water quality at their favourite spot can visit the council’s website www.nrc.govt.nz/swimming or freephone 0800 002 004 for more information.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>

ALSO:

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels