Is it safe to swim?
About this map:
The coloured dots represent the sites "suitability for recreation grade" which is an overall water quality grade based on long-term information. It only relates to the likely health risk from faecal contamination, not toxic algae (refer to the current warnings at the bottom of this page).
Any current warnings in place at a particular site are denoted by a red flag. These warnings relate only to the latest sampling result and may indicate either high bacterial levels, a toxic algae alert or a sewage overflow warning (refer to the current warnings at the bottom of this page).
WEEKLY SUMMER SAMPLING HAS NOW FINISHED AND WILL START AGAIN IN NOVEMBER 2015. OVER THE WINTER, SAMPLES ARE TAKEN ONCE A MONTH AT COASTAL SITES ONLY.
High bacteria levels have recently been recorded at:
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.
A red alert warning for toxic algae is in place at Lower Whitby Lake in Porirua. Contact Porirua City Council on 04 237 5089 for more information.
High bacteria counts have recently been recorded at or near the Wharemauku, Tikotu and Waimeha stream mouths as well as in the Waikanae River Estuary. People are advised not to swim in these areas. Contact Kapiti Coast District Council on 04 296 4700 for more information.