Health Warning for Kaupokonui River Mouth Lifted Opunake Lake Remains in Force

Health Warning for Kaupokonui River Mouth Lifted Opunake Lake Remains in Force

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

UPDATE

Health Warning for Kaupokonui River Mouth Lifted Friday 25 January 2019

South Taranaki District Council (STDC) environmental health officer, Mark Superfine, says the health warning for Kaupokonui River mouth has been lifted.

Testing by the Taranaki Regional Council has found that levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) at Kaupokonui River mouth have returned to normal and the warning signs have been removed.

A health warning (and signage) remains in place for Opunake Lake.

Wednesday 23 January 2019

South Taranaki District Council (STDC) environmental health officer, Mark Superfine, has today issued a health warning for Kaupokonui River Mouth and Opunake Lake.

“Routine sampling by the Taranaki Regional Council has found high levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) at Kaupokonui River mouth and Opunake Lake. Visitors to these areas should not collect shellfish and plant life or come into contact with the water,” says Mr Superfine.

“Keep your pets away from the water too as they can also be affected,” he says.

Mr Superfine says the routine testing was carried out following rainfall and the general rule is to not swim after heavy rainfall.

“Heavy rain flushes contaminants from urban and rural land into waterways and we always advise people not to swim in streams/rivers for at least three days after heavy or prolonged rainfall – even if a site usually has good water quality.”

The STDC has erected warning signs at the Kaupokonui River and Opunake Lake.

Further water samples will be taken next week, and the warning signs will be removed when the levels are considered safe.