Health Warning for Kaupokonui River Mouth and Waingongoro River Mouth (Ohawe)
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
South Taranaki District Council (STDC) environmental health officer, Chantelle Denton, has today issued a health warning for Kaupokonui and Waingongoro River Mouths.
“Routine sampling by the Taranaki Regional Council has found high levels of Escherichia coli (E.coli) at Kaupokonui and Waingongoro River Mouths. Visitors to these areas should not collect shellfish and plant life or come into contact with the water,” says Chantelle.
“Keep your pets away from the water too as they can also be affected,” she says.
The STDC has erected warning signs at these locations. Warning signs also remain in place for Opunake Lake.
Further water samples will be taken next week, and the warning signs will be removed when the levels are considered safe.
Chatelle reminds people that 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.”