Is it safe to swim?

Is it safe to swim?

Current warnings (last updated 27 January 2015)

High bacteria levels have recently been recorded at:

  • Hutt River at Melling Bridge
  • The latest sample had high bacterial counts which means the site is currently unsafe for swimming. What are we doing about this?
    Has it been raining lately? High bacterial counts are often a result of heavy rainfall.
    Bacterial counts usually return to safe levels within 48 hours of rain stopping. Find out more.

    There are no sewage overflow alerts or warnings at this time

    An amber alert toxic algae alert is in place at the following sites:

  • Ruamahanga River at Kokotau
  • Toxic algae levels are elevated but it is still safe to use the river. Avoid obvious mats of algae (especially any that may have washed up at the river's edge). We recommend keeping your dog on a lead. More about toxic algae.

    A red alert toxic algae warning is in place at the following sites:

  • Hutt River at Poets Park
  • Hutt River at Silverstream Bridge
  • Ruamahanga River at Te Ore Ore
  • Large amounts of toxic algae are washing up on the river's edge and it is unsafe for swimming. We recommend keeping your dog away from the river. More about toxic algae.